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Houston County Courier - Local News
Stories Added - March 2009
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SHARE to offer new programs
Houston County Courier -  March 2009

By Suzanne Steed
Contributing Writer

LaShanna Johnson from the DETCOG office in Jasper will be at SHARE on Monday, March 16 and 23 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.  to assist those who qualify to sign up for food stamps, Medicaid, or CHIP insurance.  
According to SHARE representative Jim Ainsworth, no appointment is necessary and applications will be process electronically.
SHARE is now located at 107 South Eighth Street across from First Baptist Church.
This program may continue, depending on the response and how helpful it is.
March 20 and March 30, Mandy Patrick, Houston County AgriLife extension agent, will be present at 9 a.m. to do demonstrations of cooking with basic foods received in their SHARE grocery bags. 
Ms. Patrick will have a cooking table set up, and will actually prepare the food. 
How to stretch food stamp purchases and to make the most of food items that are given will be highlighted. 
There will be door prizes.  If this program is successful, plans are made to have the program once a month.
March is Volunteer Appreciation Month.  All the helpers at SHARE are volunteers.  The clients and community members are encouraged to say “Thank you” to the volunteers. 
Without volunteers there would be no SHARE and the needs of many would go unattended. 
The volunteers and contributing churches will be honored at a banquet planned by Vice-President Lucille Davis, Friday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Crockett.  The Church is located at 715 East Goliad Avenue.
Anyone interested in donating gifts of food, clothing, or household goods, is encouraged to consider SHARE.
The pantry needs rice, canned fruit and canned juice presently. 
Clothing is always needed. Usable furniture and household items that are not in need of repair are also accepted.   Electronics, such as older computers are not needed. 





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