Faith Mission Outreach gets partner

By Staff
Melissa Cason, Franklin County Times
The Faith Mission Outreach (FMO) has found assistance from other non-profit organizations to help them in their mission to help feed and clothe the less fortunate.
FMO has formed an alliance with Globus Relief, located in Utah. The worldwide hunger relief organization collects and distributes food for those less fortunate throughout the world at no cost, according to the organization's website.
The Mission has received three 18-wheeler truckloads of food from Globus Relief. The Mission only had to pay for the freight for the food to be shipped here, Matthew Mangino said.
"We are getting $30,000 worth of food for $2,000, which is the freight cost from Utah," he said.
In addition to the donations from Globus Relief, the Mission has applied for funding from United Way, but they have not received notification of a grant award.
"We hope to hear from them in the coming weeks, but the process was delayed by the organization's move to another office space in Florence," Mangino said.
Any funds that the Mission receives from United Way will go to open the Mission's homeless shelter, which is ready with the exception of an expensive sprinkler system required before
they open.
"Our first priority is to get the shelter open to give those with no place to go a place to sleep," Mangino said.
While many don't like to think about it, Russellville does have a problem with homelessness, and the Mission hopes to bring them relief in the coming months.
"We see alot of people who come in here who don't have a place to stay, and we can't really help them until we get our shelter open," Mangino said.
The Mission also participates in a bread ministry where bread products are given out along with other food items. The bread is picked up from a bread company in Memphis.
"We get thousands dollars in bread from this company in Memphis at no cost," Mangino said.
Mangino hopes to expand the services at the Mission but in order to turn that hope into a reality, funding must become available.
"Right now we are touching the lives of 1,800 people in North Alabama, and our resources are very limited," Mangino said. "Imagine what we could do with more funding and more support from the local community."

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