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Donated food stocks Carpenter’s Cabinet

The Carpenter’s Cabinet Food Pantry & Community Resource Center in Falkville is going to be able to feed twice as many needy families for the remainder of this year thanks to the U.S. Postal Service’s curbside food collection project, which was conducted on Saturday.

“We received 10,000 pounds of nonperishable food items from Hartselle mail routes alone and still haven’s counted what came in from Falkville,” said Chris Warnick, director of the faith-based organization. “That quite a lot more that what we received from the same food drive a year ago. It will replenish our shelves and help feed the families we serve for several months, maybe even to the end of the year.”

The food pantry, which is located at 44 Railroad Ave., is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that relies on food donations, financial contributions and volunteer workers to keep its doors open. Food is distributed on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to staple food, a limited supply of personal items is available.

Volunteers are also available to assist families after hours by appointment. A volunteer can be reached by calling 256-612-0747 or by emailing carpenterscabinet@bellsouth.net.

Warnick said Carpenter’s Cabinet, which was founded two years ago, provides food for four to nine families per week. Last year, it helped feed 122 families, most of whom live in South Morgan County.

“The mail carriers went above and beyond the call of duty to collect the food and their patrons were very generous with their donations,” Warnick stated. “What they did was an outpouring of love for families that need help.”

Warnick said a survey of the families Carpenter’s Cabinet helps shows that 46 percent of them had to choose between paying for food or medicine, 19 percent of them are below poverty level and 15 percent are homeless.

“There is no common thread that links them,” he pointed out. “Some lost their jobs and can’t find work, some are single parents with limited incomes and others can’t work for medical reasons.”

Warnick said goals of Carpenter’s Cabinet include assisting the unemployed with the preparation of personal resumes, reaching out to more families that need help and building a natural disaster response unit.

The organization was founded in the spirit of 2 Corinthians 9:11: “Being enriched to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.”

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