Local food banks hungry for donations

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 7:04 p.m.

Area food banks are experiencing a severe shortage of basic nonperishable foods needed to create balanced meals for thousands of needy people before most holiday food drives begin.

The main food pantry at Gainesville Community Ministry, used to feed about 700 local families every month, contains only one-third of the supplies needed to meet people’s immediate needs, said Executive Director Michael Wright.

“People begin to reach out after Thanksgiving, but it’s important to realize that people are in need 365 days a year,” said Wright.

The Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, a warehouse that coordinates the distribution of food and supplies to many local organizations that help provide for the hungry in Alachua County, is in need of more than 20,000 pounds of basic food items, said Director Anne Voyles.

Agencies ask that the public donate nonperishable foods like canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats, hearty soups, rice, pasta, canned milk and beans. Monetary donations also can be used to purchase necessary food items.

“It’s important that people realize we’re trying to create balanced meals and get items from all the food groups,” said Wright.

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