Food bank to distribute one week early

From the Eagle archives, volunteers help at the Grant County Food Bank in John Day in 2009.

The Grant County Food Bank will hold this month’s distribution on Wednesday, Dec. 21, one week earlier than usual.

The earlier date is being scheduled so clients can have their items before the Christmas holiday, said food bank chairman Agnes Hall.

There are between 120 and 130 households who receive goods from the Grant County Food Bank each month, approximately 300 individuals. Hall said the number is higher than in past years, but those numbers have been fairly consistent over the past few months.

Hall said volunteers are welcome to join them, and donations are also needed.

“Monetary donations are best,” she said, adding the donations have gone down the past couple years. Donations of nonperishable food are also gladly accepted, she said.

Hall said because canned fruits are expensive and hard to come by, they are a good option. Soups also offer nourishment and meat items, and stew or chili are a good source of protein, she said.

“We always use whatever we can get, because we run on a totally volunteer basis,” she added.

Other area food banks were expected to operate on their usual schedule. For more information or to donate to the food bank, call 541-575-0299. The food bank is located at 530 E. Main in John Day.

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