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Volunteer groups continue to provide food to storm victims in Hannibal


As you are sitting down for the simple comfort of dinner this week, some residents in Hannibal continue to face the problem of how to find a hot meal, after days without electricity.

That's why organizations throughout the city are providing meals for people who need them.

Volunteers at the Calvary Baptist Church volunteers have been dishing out hot meals the last few days to chainsaw workers who have been working around the clock and people who still don't have electricity.

Hannibal resident McKayla Davis says she appreciates all the help they can get during this tough time. Davis was among dozens of people loading their vehicles up with food this morning from the Douglass Community Center in Hannibal.

Davis says she and her neighbors have had to get creative while cooking meals without power.

"We had a neighborhood barbecue, they help us all out," Davis said. "We help each other."

Douglass Community Center Executive Director Dave Dexheimer says the center lost power and they needed to clear out its freezers before the food went bad. He hopes it will help out those affected by the storms.

"A lot of people had to throw out food because refrigerators and freezers, most of them won't hold up this long," Dexheimer said.

Across town in Hannibal, volunteers were dishing out hot meals at the Calvary Baptist Church to residents and chainsaw crews.

Volunteer JoAnn Haus says her group is trying to help out people like Davis who are still left in the dark because of the storm.

"They have no power so we're trying to supply something they can't supply for themselves," Haus said.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army were also part of the effort with Haus. The two organizations delivered food to residents in the community as well.

Haus says she hopes the hot meals takes some of the burden off people during the chaos of the storm.

"Food is a comfort to anytime you have a stress in your life and the storm certainly is a stress factor," Haus said.

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