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Ministry feeds Tallasseeans


Episcopal Church of the Epiphany has been giving away food to hungry people in Tallassee for years, but everything had to change when the pandemic arrived.

"Our whole system was based on giving our clients their choice of a broad selection of items, so they could pick exactly what they wanted" said Mike Rallo, one of the volunteers.

The ministry, called Beans & Rice, gives away nearly a ton of food every month.

"That’s quite a stretch for a tiny church like ours," volunteer Amanda Borden added, "but it’s just part of our DNA now."

Epiphany has changed its procedures during the coronavirus pandemic, switching to a pre-selected allotment of staple items and complementary perishable foods.

"We know there are more hungry people in Tallassee now," Borden continued, "but we’re not seeing an increase in the number of households coming in for food. And frankly, we’re worried. Are they just going hungry?"

The church, across Gilmer Avenue from Tallassee Health and Rehab, gives away food on the third Saturday of every month from 9-11 a.m. For more information contact Lee Borden at 334-421-0229 or e-mail.