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To help feed the needy of Johnson County, local residents are invited to sample some of the best chili in the area.

The Interchurch Food Pantry will host its annual chili cook-off from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The event will be at Mt. Auburn Methodist Church, 3100 Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood.

Attendees can taste-test offerings from nine area restaurants then vote for their favorite. A silent auction, door prizes and live music from the GLADtones Barbershop Quartet and pianist Judy Weise also will be featured.

Tickets cost $8 in advance or $10 at the door; children younger than 5 admitted free.

Interchurch Food Pantry board president Pat Foster tells you what you need to know.

What is the purpose of the chili cook-off?

It helps us purchase food for the needy. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We’re trying to fill up the warehouse until February, when we really get hit.

What’s the need like

this time of year?

It probably increases about 20 percent. People need help with Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, if they have family members. They try to stretch the food.

How many people does the Interchurch Food Pantry help?

Last year, we served 33,712 people and 8,848 families. Some were the repeats month to month, but on average, that meant 2,809 people were getting food from us each month.

How does the cook-off work?

You get in the chili line and start filling your sample bowls as much as you’d like. You can go up as many times as you’d like. When you taste them all, put your ticket in the bowl to vote for the business you liked best.

Which restaurants are

serving chili?

Ann’s Restaurant, Arni’s, Aunt Judy’s Country Kitchen, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Don & Dona’s Restaurant, Max & Erma’s, Richard’s Kitchen and Market, Steak ‘n Shake and Texas Roadhouse.

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