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Port Chester Church Feeds Families In Need

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Reverend Carmen Margarita Ortiz stood in the parking lot of Summerfield United Methodist Church Thursday afternoon as pallets of fresh corn, flour and bottled tea were unloaded from a truck and distributed to families lined halfway up the block along King Street.

"There is a need in the community," said Ortiz. "People are hungry."

The food is provided by the Food Bank For Westchester , while Ortiz's church provides the location for the drop-off and manages the distribution of food, which she organizes once a month.

Ortiz said she has been running the food program for about a year and recently has been distributing food to roughly 500 families who are struggling financially every month.

"If you're standing in the line, that means you need it," said Ortiz.

Ortiz said it gives her a feeling of completeness to provide food for people in need, but at the same time it highlights social disparities.

"If people would be more God-centered, there would be enough food for everybody," she said.

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