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Mikaela Rierson

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Food bank makes sure no one goes hungry

You can be a lot of things in Moffat County, but hopefully hungry isn’t one of them. Especially during the holiday season.

The Interfaith Food Bank fills the larders of more than 2,000 families in Moffat County throughout the year.

“We serve some very large and very needy families,” said Arlene Roth, president of the Interfaith Food Bank.

According to Roth, the food bank helps anyone who needs help, regardless of income level. The non-profit organization gave food to 2,242 individuals and families in 1999, the equivalent of 47,082 meals.

During the holiday season, the bank gives out additional baskets of food. Last year they gave out 233 baskets at Thanksgiving and 234 baskets at Christmas.

The holiday baskets this year will be stuffed with non-perishable items Jell-O and fruit cocktail, chickens, gravy mix, rolls and butter, eggs, vegetables and fruits. Thanksgiving baskets were delivered Tuesday and Christmas baskets can be picked up Dec. 19.

Roth said that several years ago people in the community were cared for by individual churches.

“They used to go to the churches for help. So the pastors of all the churches got together and formed the food bank,” she said.

“We receive help with funds from the United Way, cash donations, and food drives by local businesses and organizations,” Roth said. “We have a very generous community it’s surprising how much people give.”

The food bank gets donations from several sources. First National Bank of the Rockies holds a food drive every Easter, Roth said. Trapper Mine holds a bowling tournament every year and charges a can of food as admission, which in turn gets donated to the food bank. KRAI FM radio has a food drive coming up the week of Dec. 4.

“We do a drive every year for the food bank, Toys for Tots and the Community Budget Center this one coming up will benefit the food bank,” said KRAI News Director Mike Fuller. “It’s been more and more successful every year.”

The Moffat County High School Key Club held a food drive during Homecoming week in October. “This is a good way for the kids to volunteer in the community,” said Key Club advisor Cindy Morris.

The Key Club is a service organization working in association with the Kiwanis clubs. Morris said the high school club participates in several service and community projects throughout the year. The 55 student members at MCHS coordinated their food drive this year by running a competition among Craig Intermediate School students. The home rooms collecting the most cans of food were gifted with a pizza party. The CIS float in the Homecoming parade displayed the food the students collected. Elementary school children also contributed to the Key Club drive.

“We just like to contribute because the food bank gets low in the summer and we want to help them stock up for the holidays,” Morris said.

Roth, who has been with the food bank for 10 years, said the job is very rewarding.

“It gives such a good feeling to be able to help people. This is such a worthy project,” she said.

The deadline for reserving a Christmas basket is Dec. 15. Applications for food baskets are available at the Interfaith Food Bank at Shadow Mountain Mountain or at the Moffat County Department of Social Services at 595 Breeze Street. All food is distributed out of the food bank site. The food bank is open from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. For more information call 824-7355.