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Meeting the Needs will have a merry Christmas after all.
The faith-based ministry, which serves the community with food, clothing and other donated items, has been out of a residence since recently learning it would no longer be able to use the parsonage at El Bethel Baptist Church.
But that all changed when members of Long Ridge Baptist Church offered to temporarily house Meeting the Needs in one of their buildings.
The ministry is run by Sully Runion, who said the news couldn’t have come at a better time.
“It came right on time,” Runion said. “This is really a gift from Long Ridge Baptist Church. They’ve said we can use their building as long as we need to and that’s a true blessing.”
The ministry recently agreed to distribute commodities for the emergency food assistance program after Northern Kentucky Community Action had to cease distribution due to budget cuts.
After receiving a notification from NKCA on their decision to cease distribution, Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith reached out to Meeting the Needs.
Items for the food assistance program are purchased through NKCA.
Over 43 local families take part in the food assistance program, which provides monthly commodities to low-income families.
Runion said he was unsure if January’s commodities would be distributed from Long Ridge Baptist Church due to training that distribution volunteers must have.
“We’re hoping to have the training done by January,” Runion said. “But with the holidays here in front of us, it could interfere with the training. We should be good to go by sometime in mid-January.”
Keith said if the commodities could not be distributed from the church in January, they would once again be distributed at the Owen County Park/Fairgrounds pavilion.
Distribution for the emergency food assistance program will be held the second Tuesday of each month, Keith said.
Distribution of commodities for senior citizens will be the second Tuesday of each month at the Owen County Senior Center.
Keith said if seniors are unable to pick up their commodities on distribution day, they will be able to pick them up at Meeting the Needs.
Runion said he hopes the ministry will soon find a permanent location, not just for the ministry itself, but for the community as well.
“We would love to find a permanent location,” Runion said. “That’s what we’re striving for, but until we do we truly appreciate Long Ridge Baptist letting us use their space.”