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Church bags food for those in need

Annual pumpkin sale helps fund event at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church

Britnay Ingram hands off bags of rice to Jason Denny at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church. The group bagged meals for people in need in 65 countries. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

Britnay Ingram hands off bags of rice to Jason Denny at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church. The group bagged meals for people in need in 65 countries. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Volunteers wait for instructions from Stop Hunger Now representatives. Church members gathered to make meals for those in need. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Myrium McElroy and her great granddaughter, Merideth Patterson, 5, prepare to bag meals for those in need at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Ryan Sanders and Micheal Jones pour rice into bins. The food was assembled into meals for those in need. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Anne Parham and Barbara Pirkle await instructions for bagging meals at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

JONESBORO — As a result of Jonesboro First United Methodist Church’s annual pumpkin sale, the group was able to purchase and bag food for people in need.

The meals consist of rice, dried vegetables, soy and a season packet.

“As long as there’s water, the meal can be made,” said Christina Patterson, middle school youth director. “We’re feeding people so they can get good things done.”

Patterson explained the meals will go to 65 countries, to places like orphanages and schools. Ten percent will be designated for crisis events like earthquakes and floods.

The church had two shifts of 40 people filling the sanctuary’s gym for several hours Sunday bagging the meals.

“This is a really great thing,” said Doug Thomson, youth coordinator who is also in charge of the pumpkin sales every October.