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Independence from hunger

Chris Duncan, operator of Grocery Outlet in Williams teams up with MACC’s Sarkis Narcessian, Ken Edwards, Jason McMullan, and Don Joel all encourage customers to give a little extra towards feeding the hungry. [Jennifer Blue • Pioneer Review • © 2020]

The Ministerial Association of Colusa County is teaming up with Grocery Outlet in Williams to provide food for needy families.

Grocery Outlet is in its 10th year of Independence from Hunger, the annual campaign that begins each June and runs for the whole month of July.

Because Grocery Outlet is independently owned and operated, Chris and Cara Duncan chose MACC as the recipient of the funds raised to go back into the community’s food distributions, as that MACC covers every corner of the county. MACC is comprised of 21 churches and parishes with the mission of coordinating charitable efforts and ministries.

The Grocery Outlet in Williams has contributed to numerous local functions, fundraisers, and charities since its grand opening in September, less than a year ago. Everything from donated pumpkins to the Family Resource Center, in Williams, to giving a dry, safe place for girl scouts to sell cookies, Grocery Outlet has stepped up.

“When we learned the MACC organization supports the greater area through a variety of food distribution spots in each community in Colusa County, we knew that this is the route we wanted to take for Independence from Hunger,” said Duncan. “We have customers from all throughout Colusa County and wanted to make sure we partnered with a group that gets resources that will reach each community. MACC is also working towards opening an official food bank for the county, which we’re excited about.”

For their first year in the campaign, the Duncans set a goal of $2,000, and over a quarter has been raised already. To do something extra special for the 10th year, the Grocery Outlet corporation said they would match the given amount. For a $5 donation, the customer will also receive a $5 coupon for their groceries.

MACC President Jason McMullan, pastor of Williams Community Church, said the Duncans and Grocery Outlet have been valued partners to many organizations in Colusa County, working behind the scenes with little recognition.

“They’re not the type of people looking to make sure everyone knows what they’re doing,” McMullan said. “They just want to help the community as much as they can because they’re a part of this community. It’s never a matter of if they can help, it’s a matter of how and where they can help.”

McMullan added that the MACC continues to work towards building a food bank for Colusa County and this promotion is another step to making the food bank a reality.

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