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A.C.T.S. offering meals during outbreak

By Michael Butler

The Association of Christians for Service in Tallassee, better known as A.C.T.S., is working to help families in need during the coronavirus pandemic. Helping families is nothing new with A.C.T.S., but it is especially needed now.

"We're trying to reach the ones through no fault of their own may be unemployed," A.C.T.S. director Barry Adair said. "They've never had a need for A.C.T.S. or thought about A.C.T.S. We want to do what we can for those. I can't believe how busy we've been with people knocking on the door needing food. We're not neglecting our community as a whole because there are needs out there in general. "

Adair said that those who need assistance may call the office at 334-283-6750 and make a request. Distributions of boxes will be made beginning on May 4 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays each week while supplies last. All phone calls will be confidential.

"We'll locate at First Methodist Church across from the high school," Adair added. "When you call, we'll schedule you an appointment. There will be 15-minute intervals. You will not have to get out of the vehicle. The one thing we ask is that you be in a car that you can open your trunk or a truck where we can put it in the back, so there will be no contact due to the situation that we're in."

Normally, A.C.T.S. takes applications and distributes items based on need. No application will be necessary in this case.

"All we're asking is for your name, address, phone number and number in the family. There's a 50-pound box for a family of four. As the family increases, the poundage increases."

On the day of pickup, a photo ID will be required. Those picking up boxes are urged to keep their windows up.

"Once the box is loaded, the client will simply drive off. We understand these are strange and hard times for a lot of us. We want all citizens of Tallassee and the surrounding area to know regardless of normal income, if you need help we are here for you."