In dire need
by Jessicah Peters
August 16, 2014 10:03 PM | 4140 views | 2 2 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A shelf sits sparse with canned fruit inside the food pantry at the MUST Ministries Cherokee Program Services Center on Friday. <br>Staff/C.B. Schmelter
A shelf sits sparse with canned fruit inside the food pantry at the MUST Ministries Cherokee Program Services Center on Friday.
Staff/C.B. Schmelter
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Program Director Kendall Jones said July was the busiest month of the year, and that the organization gave away 17,000 pounds of food and is now in dire need of donations.
Program Director Kendall Jones said July was the busiest month of the year, and that the organization gave away 17,000 pounds of food and is now in dire need of donations.
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With only one week’s worth of food left on the shelves, MUST Ministries in Cherokee County is in dire need of donations to restock the food pantry.

Marietta-based MUST Ministries serves people in the community with its food pantry, clothing closet, financial assistance, translation assistance, housing and seasonal programming, such as the summer lunch program for children and the Christmas toyshop.

Program Director Kendall Jones said July was the busiest month of the year and the organization gave away 17,000 pounds of food.

“We’re blessed to receive donations from area churches, schools and Boy Scouts troops, but they often take off during the summer. And even if they do collect items for us, it’s usually lower in the summer because people are away on vacation,” Jones said.

The pantry needs donations of canned food that is high in protein such as canned tuna, chicken and other meats, peanut butter and beans. Canned fruits, along with different vegetables other than corn and green beans, are also requested. The pantry is also in need of size four to six diapers.

Jones said the best way people can help is to drop off the donations.

“As they shop the buy one, get one free deals or other sales, it really will help us. While we always welcome monetary donations and gift cards, we only have four staff members here and having to go out and shop takes us away from helping people that come in,” Jones said. “So the best way is to bring the food in so it can get right on the shelf, into a box and given to a client.”

MUST Cherokee was created in May 1988 as a food pantry in the basement of Canton United Methodist Church, which at the time was in the brick building that now houses the Cherokee Arts Center.

Two years ago, the ministry moved to an empty building on Brown Industrial Parkway in Canton in order to better serve more people.

Food donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Cherokee location, 111 Brown Industrial Parkway.

Jones said another way people can get involved is to sign up for the MUST Ministries annual golf tournament fundraiser to be held on Sept. 8 at 8 a.m. at the Bradshaw Farms golf course.

Those interested in playing can register at www.mustministries.org/Golf.

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Eric Schrader
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August 19, 2014
Since MUST ministries moved into their new building across from the RT Jones library, I wonder how much their overhead is each month, including rent and utilities. How are they funding these expenses. How much food would the differential buy between a more Spartan facility and where they are now. There is plenty of space in the County that may have been available "gratis" or close to it for the pantry.
Joepole
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August 22, 2014
MUST is known to be corrupt and a haven for pastors to control money and give kick backs. Ask DOCTOR Johnny Hunt.
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