Local residents who may be wondering where they’ll find their next meal no longer have to worry about finding the Warren County Food Bank.
The Food Bank opened at its new location on Monday, just down from Exchange Furniture on Morford Street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
“This is our most visible location yet,” said Food Bank volunteer Sally Roberson.
Added fellow volunteer Anna Griffin, “We figure we’re going to have more customers at this spot, but we’ll probably get more donations too.”
Over the past three months, the Food Bank has averaged helping 60 families per month. These families receive a variety of food items such as instant potatoes, crackers, macaroni and cheese, corn, green beans, tuna, and peanut butter.
The Food Bank is operated by an all-volunteer workforce. The organization gets appropriations from the city and county and also from FEMA. Several churches make regular donations and individuals are welcome to make food or monetary donations.
“We don’t approve people here,” said Griffin. “You have to go to the UCHRA office on Locust Street to get approval to receive food.”
Volunteers were busy Saturday moving food and constructing shelves at the new location on Morford Street. It’s the Food Bank’s third location in about a year.
The Food Bank was forced to leave Red Road Business Park upon the arrival of a data processing center which needed its space. It was forced to leave its spot on Durham Street due to an upcoming manufacturing expansion.
Volunteers are hopeful their new, high-traffic location can be a permanent one and they’re already thinking about some possible fundraisers.
“I’d like to organize a motorcycle ride in the spring,” said volunteer James Hayes. “They had a Saint Jude ride here in McMinnville that I rode in and that raised about $4,000 so that’s something I’d like to try.”
Food Bank volunteers are always needed and donations are welcome. For more information, call 212-7936.