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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Homestore helps with food distribution

  • Nearly 200 families are expected to arrive at the Apostolic Holiness Church, 75 Terrell Lane in Hannibal today, Jan. 3, for their monthly food distribution, but it would not be happening without the help of a local store.
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  • Nearly 200 families are expected to arrive at the Apostolic Holiness Church, 75 Terrell Lane in Hannibal today, Jan. 3, for their monthly food distribution, but it would not be happening without the help of a local store.
    James Miles of the church, who orders the food from the Food Bank of Northeast Missouri in Columbia, explained Thursday, Jan. 2, that when he learned Douglass Community Services was not able to provide its forklift, he did not know if the food could be delivered.
    It must be unloaded with a forklift, Miles said, and he thought of calling the Hannibal Homestore for help.
    Douglass Community Services was open, according to Executive Director Dave Dexheimer. "Douglass was open and distributing food to Marion County residents on its regular day, which is the first Thursday of each month," he said.
    The problem was the snow-covered lot, he said. "We could not unload the truck, because the lot used across the street was snow covered and our forklift cannot operate on snow, because it is not equipped for other than smooth terrain."
    Miles said the Homestore provided the forklift, and he expressed his gratitude to the store for not only providing a forklift, but also the use of its parking lot on Thursday for the food delivery.
    Miles, whose wife, Dawn, is in charge of the church's Area Health Center, said he expects more than the usual number of families will be coming for food today.
    "During the holiday season, people seem to be more financially strapped," he said, "so the help (of the Homestore) is very appreciated."
    He added that the food distribution "is not just for low-income families. There are other families making a good income but still struggling."
    The Apostolic Holiness Church has been distributing food for 12 years, he said, and the delivery that arrived Thursday will also provide for the food distribution by the Christ Apostolic Church in Hannibal.
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