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First Baptist Church redesigns food pantry

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First Baptist Church in Canton has been serving the community since the 1980's.
This year the church is mixing things up.

Every Monday morning community volunteers line up to help serve Fulton County at First Baptist Church in Canton.

Recently the church has spiced up the food pantry.

"This past week, we've set it up like a mini grocery store. When people come into the fellowship hall they can have coffee and donuts, sit and visit with each other while they wait for their number to be called. Pastor shares a word of encouragement," said volunteer coordinator Julie Henderson.

The goal is to get to know your neighbor and make sure everyone knows they matter.

"We want to treat the whole person. Anybody can feed somebody. That's not a toughie. If we can meet their whole need," said Henderson

By the breakfast table is a line of resources including information to help you get back on track.
Volunteers agree sometimes it's just giving emotional support during someone's rough patch.

"We get to know them. We get to know their name and their family members. We get to know if they have a surgery coming up. We can pray with them. We can follow up and say how are you doing?" said Henderson.

While the food pantry isn't open seven days a week, the work that goes into it does.
They're always looking for volunteers and donations.

For more information on the pantry, what they do, and how to get involved visit their website.

Alex Menke

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