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Church set for its annual food giveaway mission

With joblessness still rampant and prices in the supermarket going sky high, Christmas dinner can seem an impossibility for many families.

That is why St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ironton is once again organizing its Christmas with Dignity food giveaway.

“It is eligible to anyone who lives in Lawrence County, Boyd, Greenup or Scioto counties,” Sherry Popp, the event organizer, said.

The event is a collaborative effort between St. Paul’s and All Saints Lutheran Church in Worthington. The two congregations team up to provide frozen food boxes. Then the Lutheran Social Services mobile food pantry will provide bread, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Frozen food boxes will contain fruit and vegetables, hamburger, pork chop, pies, chicken, canned vegetables and sweet potatoes and instant potatoes.

“It is enough to feed a family of four for four or five days,” Popp said.

This year the churches will give away 650 boxes. Registration for the December giveaway is Monday, Nov. 21, and Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday Nov. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s at the corner of Sixth and Center streets.

This year’s Christmas with Dignity will be Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“There is no proof of income when we register them,” Popp said. “We ask for identification that they live in one of those four counties. We keep track of how many are in the family. We do not ask for their address.”

This is the fourth year for the church’s food giveaway. For the eight previous years, the church gave out toys.

“When the economy bottomed, we switched from toys to food,” Popp said. “It is a big enterprise.”