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Food Bank could use help to help others
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Pictured, from left, are Warren County Emergency Food Bank director Helen Owens, volunteer David Dorsett, and volunteer Bud Owens. - photo by Bethany Porter

While many people are busy preparing for the holidays, others are just looking for their next meal. 

The Warren County Emergency Food Bank helps those who are in need of food. Director Helen Owens says the winter months are especially busy at the food bank.

“With it being the holidays, we may have a greater need for food. Some people are off work during the holidays and they may or may not get paid,” said Owens. “We take stuff for granted. You know, we can eat breakfast and we just take it for granted that it’s going to be there every day. For some people, they are living out of their cars.”

Food and monetary donations are accepted. Owens says the inventory could use a few different items.

“Right now we probably could use things like cooking oil, coffee, and those kinds of things. Those are extra things that we get from donations. The basic food staples we have here, and you can see that they are just really good staples like peanut butter and crackers, and mac and cheese, and beans, oats, and those kinds of things,” she said.

The food bank usually orders supplies two or three times a month and donations help with that as well as certain federal and county grants. In order to receive food from the food bank, you must first visit UCHRA and bring a Social Security card for each person in your household. You will also be required to answer a few questions and then you will receive a referral card. 

Once you get the referral card, bring it to the food bank and slip the card through the door to the worker and they will gather the food items for you. Those in need may repeat this process every 30 days, but they must go to UCHRA and get a new referral card each time. 

The food bank also helps the homeless in the community. Owens says a lot of elderly people in the community are in need of food.

“We see a lot of elderly people because a lot of times their check doesn’t go far. Sometimes they have to choose between their medication and their food, or if they get food stamps they don’t get much,” she said.

Food bank volunteers are also needed.

“We are here Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and we need people especially on days when we get a lot of supplies in. Because you have to check all the supplies, the expiration dates and those kinds of things. It is a lot,” said Owens. “The other day we had like 1,000 items donated and thank God we had 1,000 items donated. But it was just me and Bud. We just went through the whole thing and we finished that up on Monday and got all that put up. There is a lot of lifting involved. Sometimes people that are retired or disabled may not be able to lift a whole lot and that’s why we have the cart it makes it easier. We work with people and whatever they can do, in any way they can do it.”

The Warren County Emergency Food Bank is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is located at 314 W. Morford Street.