MOREHere at the M.O.R.E. Center, we have an award that we give to individuals, groups and businesses called “Friend of MORE.” It’s a certificate indicating our appreciation for outstanding service to us and, over the years, we have given out over 50 of these. It would be nice for everyone to get one of these, but that isn’t practical. So, we look for those who shine a little brighter.In 2016, we made the following awards. Norma Lowrey, a long-time volunteer and food purchaser; Marilyn Stone, a long-time writer of thank you notes; Janice Perkins, food pantry director for 24 years and founding MORE Board member; Shirley Roesslein, an inter-church council volunteer and MORE volunteer spanning more than 25 years; St. Vincent DePaul Society of Hampshire, a group offering extensive emergency financial assistance; Cindy Scherer, now moved out of state, but left behind 5400 pounds of food and nine dressers; and, Leslie Pace, leader of the annual Angel Tree community project for many years which assists our needy children with clothing at Christmas time.

Here are some fast facts from 2016. We distributed over 211,000 pounds of donated and purchased food. We operated on a budget of over $70,000, providing food, clothing and emergency financial assistance. We have about 100 volunteers serving about 180 families at any one time. In December, we assisted 12 homeless (5 households), including children. In 2016, we helped 94 households to keep their housing or to avoid a utility shut-off, totaling about $19,000. We distributed clothing and toys for the Angel Tree and Toys For Tots programs to 148 children and about 100 new coats were given to children. Also, last year we began giving out care packages to homeless men.

Just a reminder, you can get information about us on our web site www.marengomorecenter. org. We are open Wednesday, 9-12 and Thursdays 4-6:

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