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Over the past 15 years, New Beginnings Christian Church has given 15 million pounds of food to those in need. On Sunday, they continued that tradition."Definitely a life saver," said Gary Murchison, a church member. "(It) saved my life."Murchison was one of the around hundred people who lined up on Sunday to get a little help from the church."Without some days like this, some of us would not survive," said Murchison.Murchison recently lost his disability benefits and takes care of his 80-year-old mother."She can't come out here to this, but she does have to eat," said Murchison. "Thanks to New Beginnings, praise God, she never goes hungry."Vietnam war veteran Charles Alvary also said it's the church's generosity that has made a difference in his life."It's about a 95 percent difference," said Alvary. "It's an opportunity to get help, to get food, help out the poor."Every week, the church gives out groceries to the needy, but Sunday was one of just six massive food giveaways the church hosts this year."Resources are thin," said Pastor Troy Morris. "We know grocery store prices are going up. We know that there's a lot of unemployment right now, especially in the surrounding communities, and we know there's a lot of hurting people. If we can make a difference, that's what we want to do."Murchison said it's days like Sunday that re-enforce his faith."Whenever I'm out of food, I know I can always count on the church and God to provide," said Murchison. "Gratefully I can say, thanks to New Beginnings, I have never gone hungry."The donated food is overstock from Albertsons and Foods Co. The companies donate it to the church before the food expires.