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Food bank is certified and seeks donations

Nov 30, 2012 - Lloyd Eckstein, Riverton


With the holiday season upon us the Riverton Community Food Bank is looking for donations to help feed the hungry. It is more difficult than normal since we all know that many cannot afford special foods for the holiday season. Please help us by donating to our community.

Since our opening, we are pleased to say that we have fed 1,111 humans not counting this month in our community. In April we fed 72, May 111, June 131, July 228, August 315, September 305, and October 322. We keep a head count so that everyone who donates money can see how many we have helped.

We are proud to say that all the food that we do purchased is done from local stores here in Riverton to help support the economy.

U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi helped us get our 501(c)3 in three short months. Now we desperately need your help in keeping the food going.

We would love to have you come visit us out our location and see our facility. Please help us keep feeding the hungry humans in Fremont County, as well as a few families have come over from Thermopolis. We try to provide a week's worth. of food to give them a balanced meal. (For family of 3: (canned) corn, green beans, mixed vegetables, tomato sauce, kidney beans, spaghetti sauce, peas, mixed fruit, peaches, pears, mandarin oranges. pastas, egg noodles, peanut butter and jelly, mashed. potatoes, flour, sugar, salt, rice, pancakes and syrup. A pound of hamburger per adult and half pound per child, bread. Bread and meat are donated locally. This is our standard supply we try to keep on hand at all times.

We have many contributors. Recently a store had a food drive for us, and we were able to add fruit juices, and cereals to that list.

We would be happy if requested to send a hard copy of our 501(c)3, our mission statement, and the form we use for those to apply for food. We are a public charity and want all humans to feel free to come get food.

The working poor and many are just dollars over the limit to get food stamps. Everyone now and then runs short of money and needs a hand up to put some food on the table after they have paid all the bills. We are sure you know many who struggle to keep their families fed.

In addition, we are an all-volunteer organization. None of the board members are paid. We pride ourselves as putting as much food on the plates as possible, and 90 percent of our budget goes to purchasing food. The rest is fuel to deliver to shut-ins and picking up food items and other office and needed supplies.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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