The Community Food Bank of Barton County is pleased to announce they are the 2018 first quarter recipient of the 100+ People That Care of Barton County group. Members of the group selected the Food Bank from three charitable organizations who presented.
Established in 1984, the Food Bank assists residents of Barton County facing emergency or crisis situations, and serves an average of 2,146 families, or 6,846 individuals, per year. They receive no funding through government entities, so operate through donations of food items from local food drives by the postal workers, Boy Scouts, Wheatland Electric’s “Cram the Van,” school groups, and monetary donations from local individuals and organizations. One paid employee and a pool of 50 volunteers give of their time on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm to assist individuals.
The Food Bank plans to utilize the funds to continue offering a menu of items to families, based on their size and personal preferences and needs, rather than a pre-made box of donated items. Clients can choose from canned fruits and vegetables, meat and protein items, soups, canned and dried beans, and pastas. By partnering with the Kansas Food Bank, the Community Food Bank of Barton County can also receive donations of fresh produce, meats, breads, and pastry items from both Walmart and Dillons if they are slightly damaged or close to expiration dates.
To learn more about the Community Food Bank of Barton County, please contact Ruth Behrens and staff at 620-792-4001, and be sure to like the organization’s Facebook page. The next giving meeting for the 100+ People Who Care group will be held Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., at the Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard. At that time, representatives from the Community Food Bank of Barton County will return to provide an update on their progress utilizing the $10,000+ gift. Members will also vote to select and nominate local, charitable organizations to receive future funds. More details can be found on the group’s website, www.100bartoncounty.org, or on their Facebook page.