The final tallies from 2012 have been determined for the MORE operation and by most measures the year should be considered a success. During the past year we distributed over 171,000 pounds of food and personal hygiene items to more than 235 families in the Marengo/Union area. MORE made purchases from the Northern Illinois Food Bank and grocery stores of more than $17,000. The remainder of the food supply came from food drives, gardens, individuals and churches.

We also aided 115 families with emergency assistance of over $21,000. This assistance helped to keep families in their homes or utilities turned on. We sometimes overlook the other 196 families that we interviewed and turned down for various reasons. Many times, we were able to give these families valuable advice toward finding the proper agency that may help them.

MORE also distributed a mountain of clothing and household items that came in to the Center. Children received socks and underwear at Christmas time to supplement the Angel Tree gifts.

As we continue in this year, we have set some goals. We will increase our food quantities to include milk on each visit. We began increasing amounts of meat, bread, produce and pastry last year and will continue with this effort. We also want to provide more information to families seeking employment, or wishing to apply to other agencies for assistance. We will do this by providing computer assistance, along with a volunteer to assist.

While we celebrate our accomplishments, we know very well our success reflects and depends on the overwhelming support of our community. As always, we are thankful to each one of you. You are welcome to visit us at any time.

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