Christmas with DignityPublished 9:43am Friday, November 23, 2012
Registration for food giveaway starts Monday
With the federal food stamp program facing cuts and the continued tough economic times, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ironton is gearing up again for its annual Christmas with Dignity.
“We are giving away 650 boxes,” Sherry Popp, event organizer, said. “This is our fourth year for the food. Before that we had the toys (giveaway.)”
The food giveaway will be on Saturday, Dec. 8, and registration for the event starts next week. Those who want to receive the food must register to receive a time they are to be at the church to pick up the food.
“They sign up and are given a receipt and time to come in,” Popp said. “The only qualification is they have to live in Boyd or Greenup counties in Kentucky or Scioto, Gallia or Lawrence counties in Ohio.”
Boxes of food will be given away worth $100 and cost the church about $30.
“We see the need … the working poor, elderly,” Popp said. “We see it in the monthly giveaway that we do twice a month. People are still struggling. As long as we see the need we will continue to do the program.”
Recipients must show proof of residence by showing something with their address on it.
Teaming up with St. Paul’s is All Saints Lutheran Church in Worthington and the Lutheran Social Service Mobile Food Pantry.
Registration times are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s.