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      More seeking meals at Loaves and Fishes

      UPDATE--------------------October 26, 2008

      We have some good news to pass onto you regarding the Loaves and Fishes program in Hannibal.

      The pastor who directs the program told us the day after our story aired, a man walked up to the church and handed him a thousand dollars in cash.

      More donations are always needed.

      If you can help send donations to P.O. Box 922, Hannibal, MO 63401.

      The Loaves and Fishes program is also looking for donations of plates, utensils and napkins.

      -------------------------------October 22, 2009

      Loaves and Fishes provides an evening meal, every week night for the homeless and needy in the city. Just last year the program fed 40 people every night. But now those numbers have doubled to 100 or more.

      Every night folks like Cathy Washington line up for the daily meal here at the Loaves and Fishes program. Washington says she doesn't know what she would do without it.

      Washington said, "A lot of times I don't have food . I have grandchildren I need to feed."

      What would you do without it?

      Washington said, "Sometimes we might go hungry because we do run out of food."

      Nearly one hundred people like Washington line up with empty stomachs at Loaves and fishes every night.

      Many like her face tight times at home because of the economy. Others are homeless, living on the streets with nowhere else to turn.

      For many of these folks this is the only meal they'll eat today. And they're thankful for what they get.

      Bob Campen uses the service and said, "It's very important for people who don't have anything."

      The program is in its 11th year and depends upon volunteers from local churches and service groups as well as donations to keep it going. Every night a church donates food and prepares it for anyone who needs a meal.

      Kinderhook's House of Prayer Pastor Robert Cook said, "It's a good feeling to help people. We're only going to go through this life once and we hope we make a difference."

      Some volunteers even bring along entertainment. The goal is not only to fill empty stomachs...but to fill the heart, spirit and soul.

      But like many non-profit programs during these tight times, it's serving more people, while receiving fewer funds and food donations to keep it going. Program Director Pastor Ronn Pashia says without community support, these people will go hungry.

      Pashia said, "Nobody in America should go hungry at night. Nobody. That's why I want to help these people who aren't guaranteed one hot meal a day. They're going to get the nutrition every day."

      Director of the program Pastor Pashia says his ultimate goal is to open a homeless shelter and kitchen. That would also enable the program to receive bulk food from the Missouri food kitchen.

      If you can help send donations to P.O. Box 922, Hannibal, MO 63401.

      The Loaves and Fishes program is also looking for donations of plates, utensils and napkins.

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