Food bank planning 'fresh' approach

July 10, 1997


Staff Writer

Bradley Sell of Waynesboro, Pa., the new executive director of Food Resources Inc. in Washington County, says he'd like to establish a "fresh produce day" this summer.

"If we get calls from people who want to donate fresh fruits and vegetables, we'll try to set up a day for drop off and pick up," Sell said.

While Food Resources deals mostly in nonperishables, fresh items can be handled, although it must be quickly, Sell said.

Food Resources, which provides food to 28 food pantries, is located at 930 Eldridge Drive.

In the 1995-96 fiscal year, 347,551 pounds of food was distributed to 49,000 people.

The agency is a member of United Way, the Maryland Food Bank system and Second Harvest National Food Bank network.

"We get United Way funds and money from Washington County Commissioners, block grants, private donations and the Washington County Gaming Commission," Sell said.


Last year, Food Resources got $15,000 from gaming proceeds and Sell said he hopes the agency will get at least that much this year.

"Our biggest need right now is a new van," Sell said. "The one we have now will only haul a few thousand pounds of food."

Sell said the agency needs a van that will haul at least 14,000 pounds.

Sell came here after four years as the director of development for United Cerebral Palsy of South Central, Pa., and as a consultant for the Cumberland Valley on Ice capital campaign in Franklin County.

The first executive director of Food Resources Inc. retired in February after 10 years with the food bank.

Jim Mobley became coordinator of the food bank in 1987 after 27 years working for Jamison Door Co. Inc.

He coordinated the program while it was part of the Community Action Council and became the first executive director when the food bank spun off from the council in July 1991.

Anyone wishing to donate food, fresh or otherwise, or to organize a food drive may call 301-733-4002.

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