A donation box sits in the lobby of Yampa Valley Bank in Craig. Monday marked the start of local banks collecting donations of food and cash for the Inter-Faith Food Bank in Craig. As the holiday season approaches, the food bank is low on food and funds. Local banks will be accepting donations through October 5.

Photo by Darian Warden

A donation box sits in the lobby of Yampa Valley Bank in Craig. Monday marked the start of local banks collecting donations of food and cash for the Inter-Faith Food Bank in Craig. As the holiday season approaches, the food bank is low on food and funds. Local banks will be accepting donations through October 5.

Moffat County United Way and local banks team up to gather donations for food bank

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Most people count on opening their fridge or pantry and finding food in it.

Worrying about the next meal and feeling hungry is something often assigned to those in poverty-stricken third world countries. But the reality is there are regular families going hungry in communities in America, including Craig.

That’s why the Moffat County United Way has teamed up with local banks to help restock the Inter-Faith Food Bank in Craig.

The banks began accepting food and cash donations Monday, and will continue to do so until October 5.

Corrie Ponikvar, executive director for Moffat County United Way, said the banks are the campaign pace-setters this year. She said most people have some sort of relationship with a bank making it an ideal spot for plenty of traffic.

“Wherever you bank you have an opportunity,” she said.

Claudine Talkington, who has been volunteering with the food bank for 22 years, said the upcoming holiday season always means a need for additional resources.

“We’ll take what we can get,” Talkington said. “We’re running low on food and cash.”

The food bank, which functions solely on volunteers, had $58,557 in expenses last year.

Ponikvar said the cost of delivering holiday baskets is around $4,000 for the food bank.

“They’re out of food and out of money," Ponikvar said. "The need is greater this year than the previous year.”

Talkington said the food bank serves all walks of life, and sees many children and seniors come through its doors. She also said the food bank sees about 200-300 people every month.

“It’s an incredible organization,” Ponikvar said. “It’s just wonderful that they are able to sustain the organization on all volunteers.”

Being so volunteer-driven also is why the food bank needs donations.

The Inter-Faith Food Bank is open from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and is located at 1055 County Road 7 in Craig.

Talkington stressed that the food bank is not a grocery store, and is for those in emergency situations who need a little help. Those who go are provided with a weeks worth of groceries. In most cases, people may only use the food bank three times a year.

Talkington said they are always looking for additional volunteers. For more information call (970) 824-7355.

“The drive is to encourage the community to help us out in making sure everyone in the community is able to eat,” Ponikvar said. “The idea of a child going without food and being hungry is heart breaking.”

Darian can be reached at 875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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