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Surplus Food Delivery

Soon after its founding, Emmaus House launched a program that allowed area residents to take greater advantage of the federal surplus food program. Sister Marie (Mimi Bodell) recalled that Muriel Lokey coordinated the program, and that “eventually she had a hundred women going to the warehouse to pick up surplus food and deliver it to the families.” Sister Marie explained that “the people who handed them out to you were all county prisoners, and the guards sat up on the top of the pile of boxes, with their guns cocked. . . . the guards didn’t really taunt us verbally, but they certainly did in their body language.” Read more »

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