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Pat Blorechfield dishes up a meal for Casey Brassick at a dinner hosted by Payson Community Meals. The group hopes to help feed the growing number of Rim Country families hit by the downturn.

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Helping the needy one bowl at a time

Area churches ban together to ladle out free meals

Every day, more than two-thirds of area children receive free meals at school. For many, it is their best serving of food for the day and for some, their only meal. With many families struggling to survive in the wake of the recession and a growing population of homeless students, a group of churches, some with very different backgrounds, decided to do something. A bowl of soup: It sounded simple, but organizers knew it could have a huge impact.

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