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Food Bank seeks aid from local churches
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The Warren County Emergency Food Bank is attempting to begin an outreach program to help prevent hunger. Churches, businesses, and individuals are needed.
“We are starting a new campaign called One Can Make a Difference that we hope to launch by Nov. 9,” said Food Bank board member Claudia Simmons. “One can. One donation. One community against hunger. It’s a simple program that could help make a big impact.”
For the program, Simmons is trying to recruit individuals from churches to be Food Bank ambassadors.
“The goal is to have an ambassador in almost every church in Warren County,” said Simmons. “I have four churches so far, so I have a long way to go. The ambassador role is to communicate our initiatives to their church members. If those individuals can find two more ambassadors from a different church, that would help get this program going.”
While the churches can provide donation locations for individuals who want to drop off nonperishable food items, good-hearted businesses are also needed.
“We need local businesses to lead a network of partners to prevent hunger in our community,” said Simmons. “We are sending out letters requesting monetary donations.”
The letter begins, “It is easy to see people in our city have several unmet needs. The gravity of the situation is seen in the numerous numbers of unemployed individuals, as well as the decreasing assistance of government programs.”
Businesses receiving a letter are encouraged to make a donation of any amount or become a partner in helping the Food Bank prevent hunger. As a 501(c)3, all monetary donations are tax deductible.
Individuals interested in donating $2 to $5 a month are also being sought. Donations should be mailed to Warren County Emergency Food Bank, P.O. Box 944, McMinnville, TN 37111.
Simmons says the new campaign was prompted out of a need.
“Once again, we are running low on food,” she said. “The demand seems to be growing and we are running out of food faster. The people who come into the Food Bank are in desperate need for food. It’s sad to see, which is why we keeping doing what we're doing.”
Warren County Emergency Food Bank works through Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency to meet the immediate need or emergency for food within the community through support from families, churches, civic clubs and businesses. Food vouchers are given to individuals by UCHRA and filled at the Food Bank.
To become an ambassador from a church, a business partner, or to learn more about the campaign and how you can help, contact Simmons at 212-9508. Located on Red Road in Red Road Business Park, the Food Bank and is located behind McMinnville Police Department.