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Fill’in Station fills a food pantry need

POSTED: November 4, 2011 12:46 p.m.
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Guyton’s Fill’in Station has filled a need for a food pantry in that part of the county.

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Problem: No food pantry in the north Guyton Area

Solution: Two churches plus a group of dedicated volunteers

Until two years ago families in the north Guyton area needing food assistance were very limited as to where they may be able to find adequate resources. In seeing this need for a community food pantry, Guyton Methodist Church and Guyton Christian Church leaders discussed ideas and possible options. Following a series of meetings, recruiting of volunteers, cleaning and painting up the property and building of what was previously a gas station — the Fill’in Station — Guyton’s Community Food Pantry was established.

In partnership, these churches and food pantry volunteers serve nutritional food to several hundred individuals each month. The food pantry volunteers maintain data records, clean shelves and freezers, shop for food items, stock shelves in the pantry, gather donations, and fill bags and boxes of food for those in need. Definitely labor intensive work but with it comes with many rewards.

The rewards for these volunteers come in various forms…perhaps it is the sweet smile from a small child that is being raised by grandparents having to live on Social Security wages or maybe it was the tearful thank you from a single parent trying to feed three teenage sons on a part-time job’s paycheck.

In addition to support from area churches this pantry also receives assistance from the United Way funded program – Food OutReach Co-op of Effingham (FORCE).  This week the volunteers of The Fill’in Station are recognized as Effingham Everyday Heroes.

Your donations to United Way help to fund more than 25 health and human service programs in Effingham County.  These programs impact the lives of hundreds of families in our community. The United Way annual fundraising campaign began in mid-September and will continue until Nov. 18. More information on United Way is available at www.uwce.org or by calling The United Way Effingham Service Center at 826-5300.

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