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Weitzel seeks help with food drive
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The Warren County Emergency Food Bank is in need of nonperishable food donations and local student Aubree Weitzel is attempting to help by holding a food drive. She has already collected more than 50 items, donating them Wednesday. Pictured is Food Bank volunteer Kathy Rutledge, left, and Weitzel.

Motlow student Aubree Weitzel is asking for businesses and residents to assist in a food drive for Warren County Emergency Food Bank.

“I need a few business owners to allow me to place donation boxes at their businesses,” said Weitzel. “Once we get boxes placed around town, I hope people make donations of nonperishable food items.”

The Food Bank meets the immediate need or emergency need for food within the community. It is dependent on the community for donations. Through support from families, churches, civic clubs, businesses, city and county government, FEMA, and people like Weitzel, the Food Bank provides emergency food to approximately 60 families per month.

Weitzel began thinking about holding a food drive after visiting the Food Bank and being shocked to discover most of the shelves were empty. Her goal is to help change that so she’s asking for assistance in where to place the boxes. The Food Bank seeks items such as instant potatoes, crackers, macaroni and cheese, corn, green beans, tuna, soups, and peanut butter – anything nonperishable.

Currently, Weitzel has been accepting donations at her school and has collected more than 50 items. Those were delivered Wednesday.

“We’ve in the middle of finals,” said Weitzel. “I’m doing what I can but it doesn’t leave much time for collecting food items, which is why I was hoping the community could help me out.”

The Food Bank is located just down from Exchange Furniture on Morford Street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It is operated by an all-volunteer workforce. Food Bank volunteers are always needed and donations are welcome.

For more information about the Food Bank, call 212-7936. If you are a business owner and would allow Weitzel to place a food drive donation box, email her at wcfooddrive@gmail.com.