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Food bank searching for temporary home

February 19, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

Because of impending renovations at Zion Lutheran Church, the Williamsport Food Bank is looking for a new home, at least temporarily.

"From sometime in April and for the next few months, we need to relocate somewhere else in Williamsport," said Mary Anna Kline, director of the food bank for the past 22 years.

Kline said a first-floor location with adequate parking and an outside entrance will be needed. She estimates needing between 100 and 200 square feet of space, with the availability of electricity and water.

Zion Lutheran provides space and utilities to the food bank at no cost. Kline said she hopes someone in the community will be willing to do the same for the brief period of time necessary for the church to complete its renovations.

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"Once we have a place, we will handle the move," Kline said.

The food bank has refrigerators and freezers for items that need to be kept cold. Donated money is used to purchase those items, Kline said.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to contribute cash and checks so food bank personnel can buy bulk food from government warehouse programs and elsewhere.

The food bank has been serving Williamsport for 30 years. It is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon for picking up and dropping off food and household items.

Anyone with emergency needs or who has a building to offer may call the church at 301-223-7260.

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