Lines form early each day at Samaritan Center

People wait for the Samaritan Center to open Wednesday morning on East McCarty Street. The center opens at 9:30 a.m., but executive director Marilyn DeFeo said many days the line starts forming at 8 a.m.

People wait for the Samaritan Center to open Wednesday morning on East McCarty Street. The center opens at 9:30 a.m., but executive director Marilyn DeFeo said many days the line starts forming at 8 a.m. Photo by Kelley McCall.

With the holidays just around the corner, officials at local food pantries and the food bank say they’ve seen an increase in the number of families using the agencies’ services.

Marylyn DeFeo, volunteer executive director for the Samaritan Center in Jefferson City, said the food pantry services nearly 100 families a day and more than 1,400 families a month.

In the past, she said, the pantry has normally serviced 60-70 families a day.

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