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Local business brings furniture and food to the table

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A local business is going from providing the community with furniture to providing them with food.

Massey’s Furniture Barn on Arsenal Street partnered with the American Dairy Association Northeast and Jefferson County Farm Bureau to raise a total of $5,600 for the “Fill a Glass with Hope” campaign.

Three big checks — one for $4,000, one for $1,000 and one for $600 — were presented at the furniture store on Thursday morning, and all the money raised will be used to stock food pantries with a highly requested and nutritional beverage — milk.

The Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County is one of seven organizations receiving the funds, and Caroline Feasler, its family center director, said milk is not only popular, but also harder for them to source.

“It is one of the harder items to source. Through the various people who donate, it’s a little bit harder to come by,” Feasler said.

Food banks have also seen an uptick in use.

“Over the past year, all the food pantries in Jefferson County have seen an increase in those using the pantry and this will go a long way in helping us get milk in, for the residents of Jefferson County,” she said.

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