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Loaves and Fishes Pantry making a difference

In Morgan County, Indiana, several food pantries work together. They share resources, like box trucks and facilities, to feed their communities. Loaves and Fishes, a food pantry at the Pentecostals of Nashville Church is one of those pantries. 

When they opened in 2017, about 20 families came for assistance. Now they serve about 60-70 families each week. The people they serve include single parents, young families, the elderly, and people with illness.

"God laid it on our hearts to build a food pantry," says Pastor Raymond Dupree. "We consider it a blessing to be able to help so many families."

A single mom told them she could catch up on her bills because they helped with food. Another client told them, "I don't know what I would have done without you this year."

Loaves and Fishes volunteers make deliveries to help those unable to get to the pantry. A few weeks ago, friends came to take food to a couple in hardship. The husband is unable to work due to a brain tumor. The wife was forced to quit her job to care for him. 

Loaves and Fishes receives food from MFB Indiana and this year, plans to start a pop-up distribution done entirely from a semi-truck.

"It always blesses my heart to visit an agency like The Pentecostals of Nashville," says John Whitaker, Executive Director of MFB Indiana. "From the pastor to the dedicated volunteers, this group is truly serving their community well, and it has made an undeniable difference in the lives of those they serve."  

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