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February 7, 2013

Central UMC Food Pantry quietly serves

Generosity of Marion County keeps it going into its fourth year

FAIRMONT — Every little bit counts.

The Central United Methodist Church Food Pantry is not one of the largest in the county, but for the last three years it has been quietly making a difference in the congregation and community.

“We’re just amazed that it’s sustained itself on a voluntary basis,” said co-chairman Chuck McClain.

His wife and co-chair Dawn added, “We're a small group and I wish we could feed everyone, but I think we're doing a good job of feeding people who need food in our community.”

The CUMC Food Pantry is entering its fourth year of operations, the McClains said. It all started with a former pastor, Rev. Howard N. Ellifritz, “urging and urging that there was a need in the community,” Chuck McClain said.

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