Overland Park church fills a need

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The economy is rebounding for some, but not for all. The result, many families have a hard time putting enough food on the table. Thanks to Antioch Church in Overland Park, hundreds of people can rest easier knowing their pantries are full.

Church members teamed up with the Feed The Children organization to hand out more than 2,400 boxes of food and essentials. Food boxes had rice, cereal, peanut butter, pasta and canned goods. The other box contained hygiene items like toilet paper, lotion and mouthwash.

"It's been great opportunity for us to serve community," said Associate pastor Kerry Murphy.

Pastor Murphy and scores of volunteers loaded up boxes all day and saw smile after smile.

"People are so grateful, economic times are hard on a lot of people, people are struggling, so just the extra food enables people to spend the money they have on something else, on other things," said Murphy.

Murphy said the key to the success of this program, the congregation. Each person getting help was found by someone from the church.

"They get to go out and find people in need and then make the connection."

Church member Leila Miller pulled into the parking lot to fill up her car with boxes. She has a friend who is a single mother of two.

"I'm going to surprise her, show up with my car and say I got food for you and I think she will be surprised," said Miller.

Pastor Murphy says that's what it's all about, serving those in need.

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