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Area Congregations in Ministry celebrates partnership

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OXFORD Area Congregations in Ministry recently celebrated its partnership with Walmart and others who have helped ACIM get freezers to store donations and a refrigerated truck to transport the donations.

ACIM is a shared mission of 90 churches in Granville County. It has been served by hundreds of volunteers who collect, organize and distribute food to the needy. Services are offered year-round to Granville County families who have been deemed eligible to receive food and other resources on a monthly basis, according to established guidelines. Residents of Granville County who meet specific guidelines related to income, expenses, disabilities and family circumstances may qualify to receive food and certain other resources from ACIM.

There is a screening process that clients must go through monthly to keep their information current. Following the screening process, clients may receive amounts of food based on the number of residents in their household. Guidelines are reviewed and updated as needed and as available resources change.

Clients who request non-food assistance on an ongoing basis are required to take part in a financial literacy class to help clients manage resources and meet financial obligations independently.

ACIM also has a program known as “Second Saturday,” where volunteers deliver boxes of non-perishable food to elderly citizens who do not have transportation. ACIM also facilitates the distribution of “Backpack Buddies” food to students at all Granville County public schools.

Volunteers are welcome at ACIM. Clients are served on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-11:30 a.m. to receive all foods monthly. In addition, clients may return for a second time each month on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon 1:30 p.m. to receive extra meat and produce.

ACIM has relied on donations from churches and community members to share resources with neighbors in need. In late 2018, ACIM began a partnership with Walmart to receive and distribute surplus frozen meat, refrigerated food and produce. This arrangement has greatly increased ACIM’s ability to assist needy neighbors.

ACIM took on the challenge of sharing this food responsibly. Doing so meant redesigning warehouse space, purchasing and installing walk-in freezers and refrigerators, and leasing a refrigerated truck to pick up donated food several times each week.

To volunteer, visit ACIM at 634 Roxboro Road in Oxford.

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