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Food bank short on cash to serve needy

August 11, 2004

WILLIAMSPORT - With two months to go until the annual fund-raiser, volunteers at the Williamsport Food Bank have food but very little money to serve those who need help.

"We hope to raise money for the entire year at that one fund-raiser," said Mary Anna Kline, food bank director. The fund-raiser will be Oct. 2.

With cash, the food bank can purchase bulk items at lower prices. Money also is needed for perishables that are refrigerated or frozen and dispensed with other nonperishable items donated throughout the year.

The Williamsport Food Bank is operating out of a temporary location at 10210 Governor Lane Blvd., south of the Harley-Davidson Store. Kline said she believes that arrangement will continue through December.

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The move was prompted by impending renovations at Zion Lutheran Church, the permanent home of the Williamsport Food Bank for more than 30 years.

The church is expanding the parish house next to the church. When work is completed, the food bank will move into what is now the social room and kitchen, both of which are at street level in the back of the church building next door.

Kline said that space will expand the food bank's storage, refrigeration and office space.

Zion Lutheran, at 35 W. Potomac St., provides the food bank with space and utilities at no cost and will continue to do so. Between 75 and 80 Williamsport-area families are served by the food bank each month.

For information about how to contribute, call 301-223-7260.

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