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Williamsport Food Bank is going home

April 02, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - After 13 months in temporary quarters, the Williamsport Food Bank is going home.

The food bank will move back into Zion Lutheran Church on April 9, said Mary Anna Kline, food bank director.

Volunteers will begin showing up around 9 a.m. at 10210 Governor Lane Blvd. just south of the Harley-Davidson store to load up equipment, food and other property for the move back to the church at 35 W. Potomac St.

The move in March 2004 was prompted by major ongoing renovations this past year at Zion, the permanent home of the Williamsport Food Bank since it opened its doors more than 30 years ago.

For a while, Kline was faced with the prospect of shutting down the displaced Williamsport Food Bank when she heard from Don and Todd Bowman of D.M. Bowman Inc., who offered free use of a 1,500-square-foot space in the Bowman strip mall that faces Interstate 81.

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David Taylor, president of Bowman Development Corp., told Kline that the food bank volunteers only would have to turn off the lights and lock the door. In addition to the free use of the space, the firm picked up all overhead costs, Kline said.

The food bank will be closed for the move April 11 and April 14 during the regular 9 a.m. to noon hours. Emergency needs for food that week should be directed to the church office at 301-223-7260.

Regular hours will resume at the church on April 18.

The church has expanded the parish house next to the church, adding an additional 10,000 to 12,000 square feet for a new social room and Sunday school classrooms. The food bank will move into what was the former 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 storage, refrigeration and office space for the food bank, which serves between 75 and 80 Williamsport-area families each month.

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