Church food pantry offers custom grocery boxes to families in need

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BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) -  Two years ago, Darrell and Frances Rigsby answered a call to run the food pantry at their church in Boaz. Now, with a team of volunteers and community partners, they provide food to 90 to 100 families a month.

On a Thursday night, volunteers are busy getting ready for the next distribution day at Julia Street United Methodist Church in Boaz.

Every third Saturday of the month, they give out grocery boxes and they're custom. So if it's one person in need or a family of eight, you are taken care of.

"We add food to it so that a family can get a week out of it," explains Rigsby. "The person can get a week out of it."

Darrell Rigsby and his wife, Frances, started the food pantry. While you may see canned goods, he sees an important ministry.

"One out of every four children go to bed hungry," says Rigsby. "Marshall County is one of the counties that's probably one of the worst. So, it is a ministry to get people into church and get them to God, but it's also to feed the people."

It's a ministry that touches him deeply.

"I can't stand to see a kid go hungry," says Rigsby, as he fights back tears.

While the work can be hard, it's rewarding. There is a part that Rigsby loves the most.

"When you carry some groceries to a family that hasn't eaten in a day or two, they're happy to get something and that's it," describes Rigsby.

Something else that makes him happy is donations, like our Pay it Forward cash.

"This right here will go a long way," says Rigsby, after accepting the $319.

The pantry does get food donations from several grocery stores. Church members contribute and two sister churches volunteer to keep it going. Rigsby says it's really a community effort to make sure people don't go hungry. If you'd like to help the Julia Street Food Pantry, you can contribute here.

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