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January 26, 2013

Henderson County Food Pantry ready to reload

ATHENS — The Henderson County Food Pantry in Athens is looking for monetary donations from the community to help those who are in need of assistance.

Margaret Austin, secretary for the board of directors with the Henderson County Food Pantry, said they have had to quit handing out essential items such as  toothpaste, soap, dishwasher detergent and cans of fruit.

“We can always use monetary donations since we can only continue with your support,” Austin said. “When asked if it is better to donate money or food, we have to say that money is best.”

The food pantry helps around 500 families every month, with its biggest month happening in May 2012, when it helped 656 families and 2,226 individuals. In November, the pantry helped 573 families and 1,948 individuals. In December, it helped 454 families and 1,544 individuals.

Austin said for the year, the food pantry was able to help 7,069 families and 17,417 individuals.

“We can usually get more for your money because of the businesses that are willing to give us discounts,” Austin said. “But we are thankful for any and all donations. There are no small gifts.”

For more on the Henderson County Food Pantry, call  903-677-1600.

You can also donate to the food pantry at 715 E. Corsicana Street between the hours of 8:30 to noon Monday through Friday.

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