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Leland food bank donations down

Food donations are down, and several churches and organizations in Brunswick County are coming together to help. Volunteers said less people are donating food because of the increasing costs of groceries, gas and utilities. That means helping fewer needy families. Even when donations are plentiful, people have to go to Shallotte to get what they need. That is why volunteers are creating food donation and pick up locations in Leland. Jay Merritt of Victory Church said, "We're trying to make a whole community campaign and awareness so that everyone in the whole area can be working together know that the problem exists and together, together we can help people out." The food drive starts this Saturday at the Leland Founders Day event near town hall in Leland. You can also donate anytime at Victory Church in Leland. Families in need can pick up the food Saturday, September 20th at the church. For more information call the Victory Church at 910 - 371-6424.

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drop-off details and needed items

Thank you for helping spread the news! (comment: As of 9/11, we have six churches, and three non-profits, and a financial institution working on this project. Our goal is to provide food baskets for 100 families.) FOOD DRIVE WE NEED YOUR HELP! Manna Ministries, a collaboration of Leland area churches and civic groups is conducting a food collection drive. All food collected will be distributed to hungry Leland area families in conjunction with Brunswick Family Assistance. The increasing costs of groceries, gas and utilities, as well as fallout from the housing crisis and economic slowdown, have caused a crisis in many families' ability to provide adequate, nutritious food for their family. Every food donation helps in the fight against hunger – no matter how small or large. Manna Ministries will be accepting donations at: Location: Leland Founder's Day, September 13th – Victory Church Booth, Brunswick Family Assistance booth, Closer Walk booth, North Brunswick Lion's Club booth Location: Johnson's Chapel on Lincoln Drive, September 18th 7pm – 9pm. Youth groups from the area are encouraged to come and help put the boxes together. Location: Closer Walk Office (behind La Costa off of Village Road), September 19th 4pm – 7pm Location: Riegelwood Federal Credit Union, on 74/76, across from the industrial park, during regular business hours Location: First1Bank, across from Wal*mart on 17, during regular business hours Churches: Closer Walk, Gateway, Johnsons Chapel, First Baptist of Leland, Leland Church of God, Victory School: Leland Middle School Area churches, schools and civic organizations are encouraged to get involved. Please contact Pastor Jay Merritt (910) 371-6424 ( or Joe Cannon, Executive Director, Brunswick Family Assistance at (910)754-4766. EXAMPLES OF ITEMS NEEDED: · Canned meats (tuna, stew, chili, Spam, salmon, etc.) · Canned or dry beans (pinto, navy, kidney, pork and beans, baked, etc.) · Peanut butter · Cereal, oatmeal and grits · Canned vegetables and fruit · Fruit juices in boxes · Boxed potatoes · Dried fruits · Canned soups, ramen noodles · Macaroni and cheese · Pasta, noodles, rice, pasta sauce