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Food drive to benefit mission outreach

Jul. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHESAPEAKE -- Chesapeake United Methodist Church is sponsoring a summer food drive to benefit the Community Mission Outreach food pantry in Chesapeake.

Church members have been distributing kits to area residents during the past two weeks, and will continue to do so through the week of July 22. Neighbors who are able to are invited to fill the bag with a few non-perishable food items and leave the filled bag on their porch for their neighborhood's collection day. An envelope will be provided for anyone who is unable to be home on that day and wishes to make a contribution.

Donations of food or money may also be taken to the church's annual ice vream festival from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at the Chesapeake Triangle Park.

"The cost of securing food is one of the largest pieces of our expenses," Don Moore, chairman of the board of the CMO, said in a news release.

The combination of many people's contributions makes a huge difference in fighting hunger. One item that can be especially used now is boxed cereal, Moore said.

"Our church is just one of the cooperating partners in our community who helped start the CMO, and we are committed to sustaining a vital ministry to those who are struggling to put food on the table for their family," Chesapeake United Methodist Pastor Chuck Case said in the news release. "We want, through this drive, to help raise awareness of the hope that the CMO brings to so many neighbors in eastern Lawrence County."

For those unable to contribute through the neighborhood pick ups or the Ice Cream festival, food donations are always welcome at Community Service Center on Ohio 7, which is the home of the CMO, or at Chesapeake UMC at the corner of 5th Street and 2nd Avenue.

For more information, call the church at 740-867-3848 or email Chesapeakeumc@gmail.com.