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Charity Forced to Shut Down

By Associated Press

Needy Georgians are feeling a pinch after a ministry that provided them with discounted groceries was forced to close because of financial woes.

Monroe-based Angel Food Ministries announced last month it would suspend activities because of rising food and fuel prices. Weeks later, the charity said it was closing for good.

The Augusta Chronicle reports the ministry's closure has affected thousands of families who used the service through its operations with 35 churches in the Augusta area. They include people like 77-year-old Betty Moore, who says groceries that cost her $30 a month through the ministry now cost her $100 at a grocery store.

Some churches have organized their own food pantries in hopes of filling the void left by Angel Food.

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