Food banks looking for help

— This time of year, area food bank volunteers say they see an increase in the number of people seeking extra assistance with food.

To help fill the depleted food bank shelves, a number of local food drives are under way.

Among those is one being sponsored by Green Olive Cafe, 2926 Covey Lane. The local restaurant announced last week it will be accepting donations of non-perishable food to aid local food banks.

“We are collecting items for those in our community who need a little extra help during the winter season,” Heather Booth said.

Booth, who operates the restaurant with husband Chris, added: “Although we hope to help many families through our food drive, we will consider our food drive a success if we are able to help one family in need.”

Booth said all items collected at Green Olive Cafe will be taken to local food banks to distribute to those in need in the community.

Examples of oods needed at area food banks include canned items (soup, beans, fruits, vegetable, meats, and peanut butter), dried (cereal, oatmeal, crackers, granola bars, rice, pasta, fruit, and beans) and bottled juices.

Among the other needs being requested by food banks is cash donations.

The local Seventh-day Adventist Community and Sunrise Outreach food banks seek donations for the purchase of turkeys and chickens for their annual Christmas baskets, said Velda Crane of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

She said the food bank recently received large donations from children’s food drives hosted by the local Sun Valley and Pioneer elementary school students.

The Seventh-day Adventists Community Food Bank is managed by Helaina Myers, who is seeking a grant for funds to help purchase additional food.

“But we know we will need extra food,” Crane said.

She said the Seventh-day Adventist Church food bank, 1875 E. Edison Ave., is open Tuesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Ken Trainor of the Sunrise food bank, said he has a bigger need. He is seeking a person to manage the food bank at First Christian Church, 321 S. Eighth St.

The local center has been without a manager for several months.

“We are looking for someone to volunteer three days a week to organize and do the paper work at the food banks,” he said.

“We have also outgrown the basement at the Sunnyside First Christian Church and are looking for a larger location,” he said.

The Sunrise Outreach food bank is only open on Fridays from 8:30 to 11-30 a.m.

Staples such as beans, flowers, sugar, as well as fresh vegetables are available.

“We’d prefer that families choose what they will need rather than any food possibly going to waste,” Trainor said.

He asked that anyone interested in volunteering with the Sunrise Outreach food bank call him at (509) 225-9310.


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