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Food bank needs help securing $25,000 grant

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The We Care Center in Chapin continues to grow as the need of communities like Little Mountain, White Rock, and Prosperity expand. The rural poor can sometimes get overlooked, but the non-profit is dedicated to making sure they have a lifeline.

"I first started here 10 years ago," said volunteer Gary Schmedding. "We gave away about 20,000 pounds of food a year. Last year, it was almost 190,000 pounds of food."

The center is feeling growing pains, trying to cram everything within a 1,200 foot space. No one is complaining, but the needs remain very real for people who come to the center every month.

"It breaks your heart to see folks who have to," said executive director Maggie Siegfried. "They have always been on the giving end, and now they are on the receiving end as well, and they don't want to be here, but they are here and we just tell them praise God we are here."

They now need to move across the street to a bigger space which will double their size. The cost is around $25,000, which just happens to be the same amount being offered by State Farm as part of their Neighborhood Assist grant.

The group is hovering at the 50 mark among the other potential grantees. They need to get to the 40 mark to receive the grant.

"It's all through Facebook, so if you have an account on Facebook you can vote," said State Farm agent Scott Hanners.

Voting ends at midnight on Sunday and you can vote up to 10 times a day.

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