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Harvest Outreach to build permanent location for food program

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -- COVID-19 has impacted food programs in Hannibal and Harvest Outreach is expanding their loaves and fishes program to meet the need.

Community Awareness Representative Amy Vaughn said before COVID-19 they served up to 50 people a night and now that's doubled.

Vaughn said the new facility will house a kitchen, dining room, food pantry, and public and private meeting spaces.

"The building is going to be handicapped accessible and easily accessible for our volunteers as well and those that we serve. It'll just give us added space to increase food pantry offerings and allow for community meeting space as well," Vaughn said.

She said the next step is for the lot to be cleared out to start the building process.

"We really want to make this something that the community can be actively involved in. As either a volunteer, a financial supporter, or if you need food, you can come and benefit in that," Vaughn said.

She said they'll have a dinner fundraiser to help with the cost that's open to the public September 28th at 5:30pm at The Rialto in Hannibal.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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