Food Pantry continues to set records
Oct 14, 2012 | 929 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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GILMER  THIRD GRADERS learned pennies can go a long way 17,626 pennies they used in a class math project were donated to the East Texas Food Bank, where the $176.26 will purchase 1,408 meals. Accepting the check is Brandi Lambert of the Food Bank. Students,starting second from left, are Chloe Ray, Brennon Jones, Leslie Alejandro and Ty Taylor.
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For the third month in a row, the Upshur County Shares Food Pantry has set a record for the number of families it served with food, coordinator Mel Small said.

“In September, we helped 561 families with food,” Small said. “There was a total of 1,469 people in those families.”

He said that they also gave out 131 commodity boxes, their total allotment, for the month.

“Almost a third of the total people we helped were childen under the age of 17,” Small said. Twenty-one percent were age 60 or older.

“We gave out 5,000 pounds of fresh produce, which included melons, apples and potatoes, to go along with canned goods, meat and bread in their boxes,” Small said.
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