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Southwest Missouri crisis center shares surplus food with area churches and food banks

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All the lifting and loading is about sharing.  

"If we get an abundance of juice or something, we share," says Pam Boswell, Carthage Crisis Center. "It's the same thing with the foods we get."

The Carthage Crisis Center relies on donations, including food.  But, as Pam Boswell says, sometimes there's too much for the center to use, so volunteers call the community.  


"That have food banks, and that way we can distribute more food to the families. And we've been really lucky here, we've been more than blessed," said Boswell.

People from various food banks and churches across the four-states and beyond come to Carthage to take part in the food distribution. Some come as far as Springfield.


"We do for Kansas, we do Springfield, we do Joplin," said Boswell. "Any of the organizations that call in and need extra food we try to help them out."

The surplus is random and so is the menu. On this day there's extra chicken and beef, in the past it's been potatoes or juice. Regardless, workers at area shelters and food pantries say the surplus distribution helps keep their food programs afloat.

"It's interesting, even the schools are closed, but we still have a big group of people coming here," said Jim Hart of Fairview Christian Church in Carthage. 

Everyone works fast with their cold hands, making sure none of the extra food goes to waste.  

"There's a lot of needs out there," says Dave Osborn of Victory Baptist Church in Carterville,. "Families that are unemployed, families that just run a little short. A lot of families have several kids that needs help."

"We'll that's what it's all about. It's all about helping those people in need around us," says Hart.

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