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1:22 PM Fri, Dec. 14th

Operation Blessing helps local churches distribute food boxes

Eleven local churches get help from Operation Blessing International once a month when thousands of pounds of bulk food is trucked to Kingman from California.

The food is unloaded at Manzanita Baptist Church by community volunteers, with each church taking some of the food, before it is separated into individual boxes.

"We buy the food as a church.

Seventy-five to 100 boxes go out on Saturday and Sunday evening," said Randy Cheatheam, pastor of Abundant Life Church.

"We take them to people who need them."

Cheatheam said the church gives some of the boxes, containing non-perishable foods such as canned fruits and vegetables, beans, juices, snacks and some produce to single moms in need.

"If someone wants to buy a box to donate, we charge just $3," he said.

"That gets everyone involved."

Lloyd Allison, a Manzanita Baptist Church volunteer, said the food boxes are for anyone who wants them.

"We give them away to those who can't pay, or we ask a $5 donation," he said, as he and 10 other volunteers scurry to fill 200 boxes with the food.

"Any boxes left over are put in our food cupboard."

The churches pay Operation Blessing, a nationwide organization, $5 per box toward the cost of having the food trucked from Tucson.

"We do it as a ministry to the city," said Allison's wife, Mary Lou.

Rus Pederson the Kingman coordinator for distribution of the food, said the food boxes help the community.

"We have only been doing the program since February," he said.

"With everyone's cooperation it seems to be working."

The food is delivered to the church the first Thursday of every month, with food boxes available after noon, Allison said.