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Food Bank in need of money
Canned goods, nonperishables also welcome donation
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With some help from Sue Hunter and Natasjha Murrain, far left, regular Statesboro Food Bank volunteers Betty Robins, far right, and Lauraetha Farr-Best of the Original First African Baptist Church store frozen meat donated by Walmart for distribution to local people in need. The food is either served at Rebecca's Cafe or distributed to at least 200 local families each month.

Most people think of canned goods and nonperishable foods when considering donations to local food banks, but the Statesboro Food Bank needs cash, too.

After the move from the former location on Proctor Street to the new location at the old Julia P. Bryant school building on Donnie Simmons Way, the utility bills have more than doubled, said Food Bank director Joe Bill Brannon.

“We need money,” he said. That doesn’t mean the donations of food aren’t still needed – that need will always be around as well – but the Food Bank is faced with power bills around $2,300 a month, when the bill at the former location was only around $1,500 monthly, he said.

The current location has the much-needed extra space, along with a kitchen and dining room that accommodates consumers who are able to enjoy hot meals twice daily on Tuesdays and Thursdays, he said. However, that extra space comes with a cost.

Since the move, having to pay higher utility bills means less money to purchase additional foods that are not donated, such as meats, and less money to fund mobile food pantries, Brannon said.

While they “have adequate food” at the moment, the food donations need to keep on coming, he said. There is always a higher demand for food during holidays, especially Christmas, when parents may spend money they really can’t spare on toys for kids, then end up coming short on the food budget, he said. Families with financial challenges often also find it hard to fill the table when family members and others visit for the holidays, he said.

Anyone who wishes to make a monetary donation may write checks made payable to The Food Bank, Inc.  and send them to The Food Bank, c/o Joe Bill Brannon, at 400 Donnie Simmons Way, Statesboro, Ga., 30458, he said.

Brannon said any church, agency or individual who wishes to take a tour of the food bank “to see where the money goes” may call him at (912) 682-4144.

 

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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