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GARRETTSVILLE -- More than 250 needy Garrettsville families are at a loss after a fierce fire destroyed their village food bank Saturday.

Dozens of neighbors have already made food and monetary donations to the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard to help replace what was lost, however more help is needed.

"We service on average between 80 and 100 families every month," explained Michele Elias, one of the food bank's coordinators.

"A little over 50 percent of the people that we service are senior citizens and children and the other 50 percent are folks who are just underemployed, or have physical disabilities, and have just fallen on tough times in this rough economy," she continued.

The Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard had only been open for four months before the massive blaze.

Elias says three freezers, a huge refrigerator, and new computer system were lost in the fire along with a two week supply of food.

However even in the midst of tragedy Elias calls Garrettsville the quintessential small town where people stick together.

"People just rally together in the best of times and the worst of times," said Elias. "I know we've all had overwhelming support but this is just really going to affect a lot of people's livelihoods."

If you would like to help the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard they are in most need of financial donations.

People can donate at Middlefield Bank located at 8058 Main St. and they are also accepting non-perishable food donations at the Weekly Villager newspaper office at 8088 Main St.

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