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Willoughby: ‘We go through a lot of food’

Last updated: August 15. 2014 4:12PM - 668 Views
By Aly Shinkle ashinkle@civitasmedia.com



Lora Abernathy/Wilmington News JournalSugartree is in need of donations and volunteers. Visit www.sugartree.org or call 937-382-8359 for more information.
Lora Abernathy/Wilmington News JournalSugartree is in need of donations and volunteers. Visit www.sugartree.org or call 937-382-8359 for more information.
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WILMINGTON — Sugartree Ministries is in need of community support in the midst of its annual donation campaign.


The local nonprofit provides meals, a safe environment and guidance to hundreds in Clinton County.


“We feed about 1,200 hot meals a week, so we go through a lot of food,” said Allen Willoughby, pastor and director of Sugartree Ministries.


Willoughby said Walmart has assisted Sugartree by sending fresh produce, but the staple food items like canned foods and non-perishables are low.


“We survive entirely on donations,” Willoughby said.


With the help of more than 30 churches, the local nonprofit distributes groceries and serves six hot meals a week to more than 200 families.


The community can also assist by volunteering at Sugartree.


“We could use the help,” Willoughby said.


Sugartree also offers an emergency shelter for men, an evening coffee house and recovery meetings to those individuals suffering from addiction and substance abuse.


Sugartree Ministries is located at 180 E. Main St. in Wilmington. Meals are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m.


Groceries are available on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m.


For more information about the organization and donation details, visit www.sugartree.org or call 937-382-8359.


Aly Shinkle can be reached at 937-382-2574 or on Twitter @alyshinkle.


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