Hope for those in need

MOOERS Have you lost your job? Did you recently experience loss due to a fire? The Mooers Wesleyan Church would like to help. A community food shelf has been housed for nearly a decade in the church for those in need, regardless of faith. Each household is eligible for service once every two months. A card is provided to help families and food shelf workers keep track of when they last visited. Each family receives enough food for about a week, including canned items, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, stuffing mix and so forth. Meats, cookie dough and other frozen items are available as well. Something new thats available at the food shelf is the fire tote, a covered plastic tub of items for those who have suffered a burn out. The totes each include items to help tide the family over. Those families are also welcome to pick out anything from the food shelves they may need. Im quite impressed with what were able to give out, said Rev. John Gillette, pastor of the church. Wendall and Diane Brooks run the food shelf, buying food, stocking shelves and packing boxes and bags of food allotments ahead for those who come seeking assistance. The regional food bank in Albany also supplies their overflow items such as peanuts, garbage bags and tea to the facility. In addition, St. Anns Catholic Church in Mooers Forks, St. Josephs Catholic Church in Mooers, Three Steeples United Methodist Church in Champlain and Mooers United Methodist Church support the effort by getting the word out and donating food. Its a community effort to meet the needs of hungry people, Rev. Gillette said. Donations are accepted and appreciated. On May 12, Mooers and Mooers Forks Post Offices will hold a food drive. All food collected will be donated to the Mooers Community Food Shelf. Some items needed are peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti sauce and canned milk, but all donations are welcome. In addition to food, a second freezer is needed. To qualify for the service, you must be in need of food and reside in Altona, Champlain, Chazy, Ellenburg, Mooers, Mooers Forks, Rouses Point or West Chazy. Those living outside these areas are encouraged to seek assistance at their local food shelf. So far this month weve helped out 32 families and it looks like were going to have more before the end of the month, Rev. Gillette said. It continues to grow. Its meeting a need of the area. The Community Food Shelf is housed at Mooers Wesleyan Church on the corner of Hemmingford Road and Maple Street. It is open on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon. For more information call Rev. John Gillette at 236-5330.

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