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FARMINGTON — Lia Sinclair held a package of bread and waited for the next vehicle to arrive at the food distribution event by CopperRidge Church, where she attends services.

"We're giving out the bread of life," Sinclair said about the distribution in Farmington on June 20.

Pastor Jeral Dickenson explained that the event was in response to the needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, including the economic hardship on families in Farmington.

"The extreme need of people out of jobs and missing that income, it's a result of that," Dickenson said.

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Church member Shelia Trujillo said the food giveaway is a positive way to help families during this time of uncertainty and financial hardship.

"It's something, I know, here in Farmington that we need," she said.

Dickenson said the food was procured from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the church partnered with Convoy of Hope and local businesses and organizations to distribute the sustenance to the public.

Convoy of Hope is a faith-based, nonprofit organization based in Springfield, Missouri that distributes emergency food aid.

The church also received donations locally as well as purchasing additional items to giveaway, Dickenson said.

Church members, volunteers and members of Young Life, a Christian ministry for high school and college students, kept busy throughout the event.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at nsmith@daily-times.com.

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