First UMC Benton takes hunger event community-wide

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First UMC Benton continued an emphasis on reducing hunger in its own neighborhood by holding “Benton vs. Hunger” on Saturday, May 14. In addition to the primary goal of providing food for Saline County residents in need, their secondary goal was to expand from the previous year’s event, beyond the members and friends of a single church. They invited First Baptist Church to come on board as a partner to promote and fund the event, and held it off of the church’s campus, at the Benton High School cafeteria. The day ended with 40,080 meals packaged—all of which will be distributed to churches of any denomination who have food pantries in Saline County, as well as through the local organization Churches’ Joint Council On Human Needs (CJOHN).

—submitted by Greg Gillis