Food bank needs donations

July 10, 2002|by ANDREA ROWLAND

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Food Bank is in desperate need of food and monetary donations, said Mary Anna Kline, coordinator of the bank.

The food bank at 35 W. Potomac St. has enough money to buy food for its customers through about the end of July, Kline said.

"We're pretty well out of food and our funds will be depleted within 30 days," Kline said. "We'll take anything."

The bank's annual Harvest Hoedown fund-raiser in October and regular donations from area churches usually cover operating costs for the year, Kline said, but a drastic increase in the number and size of families using the food bank has led to its current food and financial shortfall.

"We've seen an increase in the number of families we serve every year, but this year it's much worse," Kline said.


On an average day last year, the bank served three to four families with two to three members each. Eighteen families sought groceries during one recent day, Kline said, and family sizes have increased to between six and eight members.

"For our food bank, that's a lot of people," Kline said.

The food bank is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Thursdays.

Donations of dried food items, canned vegetables and meats, fresh produce and paper products are needed.

Donations may be dropped off at the food bank during business hours. Kline will also pick up large food donations if necessary, she said.

Financial contributions may be mailed to Williamsport Food Bank, 35 W. Potomac St., Williamsport, MD 21795.

All donations are tax-deductible.

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