On a damp spring day, the line for the first Bluff Food Bank of 2019 stretched from the community center pavilion toward the parking lot. A sure sign of the need, dozens waited patiently to peruse fresh oranges along with boxes and cans of non-perishable items.
Ginny Burns, a resident of Bluff, worked for two years to bring the food bank truck to town, and after the first event’s success, it will become a monthly occurrence.
The next food bank will be held Friday, June 7, 2019, from 12pm to 2pm beneath the community center pavilion located at the corner of 4th East and Mulberry. Eighty families, a greater than anticipated number, at the first food distribution event last month will prompt the delivery of additional food this month as the effort to fight hunger continues.
This is a feat best not tackled alone. Organizers are asking for volunteers to help sort food and assist with the pickup of items. Community members are also encouraged to contribute by donating food items at 11am – prior to the opening of the food bank.
“We need to spread the word to families in need and anyone who would like to donate unexpired food items,” Burns said. “We will have a pantry at the pavilion the first Friday of the first full week each month.” Burns thanked the volunteers at last month’s event: Jackie Warren, Robin Bond, Dan Meyers, Linda Sosa, Dylan Helgerson, and Jennifer Hook.
The Bluff Food Bank does not discriminate based on need, does not require the divulgence of financial information, and is free and open to all.