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Josephs Storehouse Food Ministry sets giveaway Saturday

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LEBANON -- The Joseph Storehouse Food Ministry will be giving away large wheelbarrows of food including meats and fresh vegetables Saturday, Oct. 29.

The hours to receive food are from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. noon. You receive a number as you drive on the parking and if you have been approved you will get your food when you number is called.

If you come for the first time, bring proof of household income, proof of address and two forms of identification, at least one must be a photo ID. The average income for those receiving food is around $600 a month.

Bob Evans, president of Josephs Storehouse, wishes to thank all financial partners that have brought in several truckloads of food to give away this month. Evans encouraged all volunteers to try and be there to help.

Josephs Storehouse is an agent for the federal US-AID food program and is able to give away frozen meats and desserts from their two, large walk-in freezers and 24 regular freezers. Each wheelbarrow is estimated to hold between $160 and $170 worth of food. They are able to give away about 500 wheelbarrows of food a month.

Evans said the ministry has purchased a refrigerator truck and are able to bring in a lot of fresh vegetables to give away. They also have an addition of 9,700 square feet to be added to the back of the warehouse coming up.

We are presently in a drive to raise the $350,000 to build the addition, but we must keep the money coming to bring in the food above all, Evans said.

He said trailer-loads of food are donated from out of state and it costs about $1,700 to get the food in cartons, pallets and shipped. This accounts for 30,000 to 34,000 pounds of food and Evans said they have rented more warehouse space to bring in extra for the winter.

Also, Evans said they are trying to give away a turkey to each family for Thanksgiving at a total cost of around $2,500. They are looking for donations to help support the effort.

We do not want to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner while knowing that many cannot, Evans said.

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