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Food bank in need

November 20, 1998

The holiday food needs of deserving families in Washington County may not be met this year unless there is a last-minute surge in donations, according to a food bank official.

"We have taken in just over 20,000 pounds of food from the Bags of Plenty campaign," said Brad Sell, executive director of Food Resources Inc.

Sell said at least 25,000 pounds of food is needed if all the needs identified by the area agencies who serve the poor are to be met.

"Canned fruits and vegetables are especially needed," Sell said. "We're hoping the community will respond as before to meet these needs."

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There is still time for people to contribute, either by filling the Bags of Plenty they got in late October in their local newspaper or by using any bags they have available.

The bags can be filled with such nonperishable food items as canned ham, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta and rice, and deposited at any Washington County supermarket or food pantry.

"We will also be open here at 930A Eldridge Drive from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday if people want to drop off bags of food then," Sell said.

About $2,000 in tax-deductible contributions also have come in, Sell said. That money is used to buy additional nonperishable items for the needy.

Checks can be made out to Food Resources Inc.

Food Resources Inc., a regional nonprofit food warehouse, provides services to 38 charities and churches throughout the year.

Last year, 98,508 food donations were made through Food Resources Inc., an increase of 40 percent over the previous year.

- Marlo Barnhart

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