The Statesboro-Bulloch County Food Bank needs help, but not just food donations and volunteers – the organization is in desperate need of cash.
Director Joe Bill Brannon has hired a part-time fund raiser Arie Davies in hopes he can help generate enough cash flow to pay the food bank’s monthly bills, which include a power bill averaging around $2,500.
“They have a lot of freezers and refrigerators to store food,” Davies said Tuesday.
He is sending out letters soliciting help from local businesses and individuals, and plans to enlist the help of volunteers to conduct telemarketing calls in hopes that area residents would open up their pockets to help.
The Food Bank, run by Brannon and his daughter, along with a board of directors and volunteers, has cut back on costs, switching off air conditioning to all but one room, and Brannon has even pulled money from his own wallet to pay the bills in the past. This is not the first time the agency, which receives some funding from the United Way, has encountered a need for cash. The bills arrive monthly and the need for help in paying them is constant, Davies said.
His position as fund raiser for the food bank is experimental. “If I don’t raise the money, I’m gone,” he said.
But Davies is confident he can solicit enough finds – hopefully including monthly pledges – to handle the food bank’s needs.
Having moved to Statesboro from Florida in 2004, Davies said he has an extensive history of raising funds. His experience includes about eight years working for the Police Benevolence Fund, he said.
Brannon was unable to be reached for comment Tuesday.
Other expenses incurred by the food bank include, but are not limited to, postage and water bills, Davies said.
Davies said anyone interested in donating to the Statesboro-Bulloch County Food Bank can call him (912) 618-8104 and he will mail them a donation pledge form. Or, people may send donations directly to the Bulloch County Food Bank, 400 Donnie Simmons Way, Statesboro, Ga., 30458.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.