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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Food bank receives $50,000 anonymous gift

  • The McPherson County Food Bank received a $50,000 anonymous donation toward its expansion campaign Monday.
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  • The McPherson County Food Bank received a $50,000 anonymous donation toward its expansion campaign Monday.
    The donation was made through the McPherson County Community Foundation.
    The food bank is trying to raise $200,000 to expand its current facility at 707 S. Main St. The latest donation brings the campaign’s total funds to $160,000. Donna Swenson, one of the campaign volunteers, said the food bank hopes to have the remainder of the funds raised by the end of the year.
    The food bank has seen a sharp increase in usage in the last two years. Use rose by 31 percent from 1,969 families served in 2010 to 2,582 families served in 2011. More than 182,000 pounds of food was distributed to assist more than 9,000 individuals in 2011.
    In 2012, the number of individuals served has continued to rise.
    During distribution days, there is standing room only in the waiting room. By adding storage space, food bank officials hope to be able to handle food in a more efficient manner.
    The food bank also hopes to improve drainage and modernize its record-keeping system during the project.
    If you wish to donate to the food bank’s capital campaign, mail checks to the McPherson County Food Bank, 707 S. Main St., McPherson, KS 67460. Specify on the check that you wish your contribution to go toward the building fund.
    Monetary and food donations are always needed at the food bank.
    The facility is open for distribution and food drop off from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays and 2 to 4:45 p.m. Fridays.
    Individuals needing assistance must be interviewed and obtain a voucher showing their need for assistance.
    Vouchers can be obtained from Social Rehabilitation Services, the McPherson County Health Department, church pastors and county senior centers.
    Individuals or families are limited to six visits in six months.
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