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Food bank in need of donations

November 03, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

Without a boost in cash donations, many who depend on the Community Food Bank at St. Mark's Lutheran Church might have to go without milk, meat and other items that are bought and distributed along with nonperishables, according to volunteer coordinator Beth Stouffer.

"Funds are low, supplies are down and prices are up," Stouffer said. "Fortunately, the number of clients we serve is also down a little."

The church at 601 Washington Ave. provides the food bank with free space and pays all overhead costs - a benefit that allows more money to buy perishable dairy and meat products for the needy, Stouffer said.

Hours for the food bank are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. Clients must show referrals from agencies such as The Salvation Army, Community Action Council and the Department of Social Services.

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Checks for tax-deductible contributions may be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church Food Bank. They are deposited in a separate account for the food bank, Stouffer said.

For more information about the Community Food Bank, call 301-733-7550 Monday through Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. and ask for the food bank, or call Stouffer at 301-739-6795.

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