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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  In the past few years, you've seen the price of the things you need increase, but you probably aren't making any more money. Actually, many of you may have had your hours cut, or been laid off altogether.

That means cutting back on what you buy at the grocery store and elsewhere. The same is true for organizations, even those who serve others.

Arcadia Missionary Baptist Church provides a free meal for anyone in need once a week, but they are scaling that back. That's because food and electricity prices have gotten too high, but they aren't cutting out the meal altogether, and say they'll serve as long as they can.

When money is tight, decent meals can be hard to come by, because food is just too expensive.

"Very expensive. Very expensive. Thank the Lord that we eat." Once a week at Arcadia Missionary Baptist Church, Lillian McKeever gets a warm message nat break and a warm meal. @ "I've been coming ever since they've been serving. It's a good place because a lot of people don't have a place to go to eat."

But beginning next month, those weekly meals will be reduced to just two a month.

"It's disappointing to us because we have to do it. We don't want to do it," said Pastor Lamar Ward.

But they must. Pastor Ward says food and electricity prices have risen to the point the church can no longer afford running the soup kitchen every week.  "It is disappointing. It's something we took a look at. We average about, just running the soup kitchen, we run an extra $300 a month, just electricity."

Christine Wilson has been volunteering her time in the kitchen for about 15 years. She's seen a lot of people in need come through this line in that time.  "It's hard to try and provide a quality meal on a continuous basis, but we do the best that we can and with God's help, we going to keep doing it."

Keep providing food for the body nat break and the soul. In addition to food, the kitchen also provides clothing for the people who come to the church.

 Pastor Ward says he hopes the church can resume the weekly meals starting in the summer. In a twist on hunger, Arcadia Church members will soon learn what it means to miss a few meals. They begin a 21 day fast next week.

 

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