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 March

New Life Church’s Teen group has taken over the Clothes Ministry at the Food Pantry. Weather permitting the clothes closet is open for business on the third Saturday of each month.  Clothes are now being sized and displayed on racks – for easier identification and selection.  This Teen ministry project is led by Michael & Lori Allen.   More than 10 teens and their families volunteer monthly to keep the clothing project organized and supplied.

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Manna’s Healthy Express truck comes to Matt’s pantry several times a year. On March 10th  the Manna truck staffed by Jennifer Trippe and Amy Harman pulled into Hayesville bringing great produce, a demonstration cook, with lots of nutritional information for clients.   The fresh produce as you can see from the photos went out the door by the bagful.

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Oak Forrest  and Hickory Stand United Methodist Church in conjunction with Stillwaters Landing (its farm ministry) provided breakfast to Matt’s Ministry clients on Saturday March 25.  The Breakfast which consisted of a fresh sausage (farm raised pork) and homemade biscuit was prepared by Oak Forrest volunteers. Pictured below on left are Pastor Bryan Wilson (left) and Jason Shook (right) who greeted clients and handed out the breakfast sandwiches

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Pictured on right are Oak Forrest members Pastor Niki Baten, Keith and Donna Crawford , Andrew Baten and Anita Schrader.   

 

April

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner – Friday April 20 – 6:00pm. The theme for the Appreciation dinner is Italian – and all current and former volunteers and their families have been invited.  The Board of Matt’s Ministry is doing the cooking.   Our wonderful volunteers perform a variety of projects for the ministry. Each week more than 65 people from the community are involved in delivering and providing food.  Volunteer jobs include unloading the Manna truck, delivery of food boxes to those without transportation, manning the Saturday food pantry, donation pick-ups from generous donors like Murphy’s Walmart,  delivering food bags to school children for the weekends, and various clean-up related projects (trash, floors , refrigerators etc).