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Jul 17, 2013 9:15 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

People in need receive help from Rescue Mission

The Central Coast Rescue Mission in Santa Maria gave out produce, food, clothing and other essentials to those in need on Wednesday.

Every Wednesday, the organization and its volunteers pick up food from the food bank in Santa Maria.

They also supply toothbrushes, toys for kids, and clothing for those who can't afford it or who have run into tough times.

Approximately 70 people turned out on Wednesday.

Many are homeless; however, officials say a large majority are on a fixed income. These types of food giveaways help supplement families that are falling short on the things they need.

"This is our slow time. During the winter time, our crowds increase to about 120 every Wednesday here at the mission," said Program Director David Bickham. "And then at the holidays, our line is literally a block down the street around Thanksgiving and Christmas."

The produce that is handed out is given to the organization for free; but the dry foods are purchased by the mission.

He says they buy it by the pound which reduces the cost allowing them to give it away for free.

This happens every Wednesday at the Central Coast Rescue Mission and it begins at noon.

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