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City Refuge struggles to keep doors open

"It means everything to the people around here," says Mike Jones "It means everything to the people around here," says Mike Jones
"The money that we would have fallen back on in years past is not there now so our safety blanket isn't there this year," notes director Casey Dumas "The money that we would have fallen back on in years past is not there now so our safety blanket isn't there this year," notes director Casey Dumas

A local kitchen is running low on funds to fill appetites.  One Amarillo charity preparing free meals this Independence Day is in danger of closing its doors.

There's plenty of music and food,  but not enough dollars to spare at city refuge this fourth of July.  The agency is starved for cash while hundreds of people depend on the daily dishes it serves up for free.  "It means everything to the people around here," says Mike Jones who counts on the agency.

Last month City Refuge provided more than seven thousand meals to people in Amarillo. But after a grant fell through, the agency is struggling to keep its doors open.

"The money that we would have fallen back on in years past is not there now so our safety blanket isn't there this year," notes director Casey Dumas.

He says the agency may have to make cutbacks in the kitchen and offer fewer meals to the homeless. Even if City Refuge were forced to shutdown, Dumas insists it would reopen once the agency rounded up enough money again.

To find out how you can help City Refuge keep serving Amarillo's hungry, you can call 331-1891.

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