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Samaritan Center helping 100 families a day; pantries running low

The Jefferson City Jays Cheerleading squad volunteered Tuesday at the Samaritan Center to help sort school supplies.

The Jefferson City Jays Cheerleading squad volunteered Tuesday at the Samaritan Center to help sort school supplies.

The only thing there is plenty of at the Samaritan Center in Jefferson City is need.

Marylyn DeFeo, volunteer executive director of the center, said she has never seen such a sustained need for such a long period of time.

DeFeo estimated the center is helping more than 100 families a day with basic needs.

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“Most of the families are coming for food, which tells me that they are using their money to pay their bills, and there is nothing left for food,” she said.

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