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ALACHUA, Fla. (WCJB) – A church distributes food to the community to ensure its residents are fed for at least a week.

St. Matthew’s Baptist Church located on St. 15712 NW 140 in Alachua distributed around 60 food boxes on Wednesday.

The church gets food from Bread of the Mighty Food Bank and a deacon takes it and brings them to church.

Church members then package it and share it with those in need.

Food was lost within two hours before the scheduled distribution time at 10 a.m.

“There are many people in our area who don’t have food to eat, especially with the crisis we are experiencing right now and are a beacon of hope for someone,” said Ruthie Dickerson, Director of the food bank service. “This is very helpful. That is very meaningful.”

Dickerson has been in service for three years and said that during Wednesday food-free residents receive vegetables, meat, bread, donuts, and cereals.

“It gives us the joy of knowing that we have helped at least one person eat for a week,” said Dickerson.

The church will distribute food every week on Tuesday starting at 9 am.

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