LINTON, Ind. - "Just feed them," the late Rev. Hilary Vieck told workers at the Linton Community Food Pantry when they wondered how to determine who needed help. And so, they did.

Now, 14 months after St. Peter's Catholic Church and the Saron United Church of Christ initially merged their efforts, and just under a year after the First Christian Church and the First United Methodist Church joined the effort, an expansion on the building has begun.

As the going gets tough, the four-church coalition began building this past month, expanding to accommodate the growing number of local needy. The pantry sits on the north parking lot of St. Peter's Church at 489 E St. NE in Linton.

Between 150 and 200 families, mostly from Linton, come to the pantry every month, where each is given a bag of food, said pantry treasurer Martha Roach. In March, 152 families - 533 people facing tough times - benefited from 300 bags of food.

The food is purchased locally from Angel's Food Center, Wal-Mart and Sav-A-Lot. The stores offer discounts toward the effort. - Greene County Daily World