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WGTS Listeners Are Helping to Families With Food

Story by Lisa Krueger

“Having enough food in the pantry or the cupboard or the fridge is a challenge many families are facing right now, especially during a time when the coronavirus is affecting people,” says Jitesh Ram, WGTS community engagement coordinator. As a way to make sure families are receiving the food they need, WGTS and their listeners teamed up together with McLean Bible Church over the summer months to collect food.

Called “Operation Fill the Pantry,” this Hands and Heart campaign has been successful, thanks to the generosity of many WGTS listeners. During seven stops throughout the DMV area, over 14,500 pounds of food was collected and prepared for distribution. About 480 families were given a 30-pound box that would feed their family for a week.

“Our listeners have been so generous and we are so thankful for their participation,” says Ram. We had about 100 families come to each place, including the children, who have been excited to help out as well. Ram says, “We are looking for ways to help families during these tough times, and this is a wonderful way to be the hands and heart of Jesus.”

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