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August 26, 2009

Dayspring taking over Angel Food Ministry

By Samantha Swindler/Managing Editor

Angel Food Ministries is moving to Dayspring Family Worship Center in Corbin next month.

Charles Prewitt, who oversaw the Angel Food program when it was held at Dorthae Pentecostal Church, said the worship center has agreed to continue the program now that Dorthae has decided to cancel it. Angel Food Ministries is a national non-profit that sells monthly food boxes, containing roughly $60 worth of meals, for $30. Anyone can purchase Angel Food boxes, regardless of income.

Dorthae, which has hosted the local arm of Angel Food for about three years, has decided to close its Helping Hands Food Pantry and discontinue its involvement with Angel Food.

Dorthae’s Pastor Billy Evans confirmed last week the pantry and Angel Food were set to close this month — but what exactly is causing the closure remains unclear.

Evans said he and the deacon board made the decision to close the programs due to “division and discord” among the volunteer organization.

“The plan is that it’s going to be temporary,” he said, adding that Dorthae has plans to fund the same Helping Hands program after maybe a month of closure with new leadership.

This Saturday will be the final day for Angel Food Ministries at Dorthae.

Dayspring Family Worship Center, located at 523 Oak Ridge Church Road, will hold sign-up times for Angel Food boxes from 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, and 4-6 p.m. Sundays beginning Sept. 1.

Food boxes are distributed the last Saturday of the month, with the exception of November and December, when pick-up dates are earlier due to the holidays.

Helping Hands was a member of Tri-CAN, the Tri-County Assistance Network, a group that includes, among other service providers, 10 other pantries. Prewitt, who serves on the Tri-CAN board of directors, said he plans to remain on the board and will continue his volunteer work with Grace on the Hill’s food pantry

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