KEMPNER — To help out the surrounding community, First United Methodist Church in Kempner offers a monthly food pantry.

Ann Mitchell, a church member since 1986, is a longtime volunteer at the pantry, which opens its doors the second Saturday of each month.

They feed about 14 families, she said.

“The food pantry, to me, is a way of letting the community know we are here to feed the hungry,” Mitchell said. “It’s so hard ... to make ends meet.”

Many of those helped by the pantry are young military families or retirees who found themselves in a tight situation, she said. “We are small in size, but the people of the church have big hearts.”

Judy Fagg also volunteers at the pantry.

“This is my home church. It’s where I want to be, so I want to be involved in everything,” she said.

To support the pantry, the church runs a food drive every October.

Last year, about 1,000 pounds of food were collected, Mitchell said.

Donations are still needed throughout the year to keep the pantry going.

To support the church, call the office at 512-932-3011 or Mitchell at 254-547-2004.

Food donations can be left at the church, located on U.S. Highway 190 at Farm-to-Market 2313 in Kempner.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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