Freezers help keeping hungry fed

September 21, 2009 11:34:35 AM PDT
Martha Allen sees more young families lately at Vance County's Brookston Baptist Church food bank - families who depend on donated food."We started off with just distributing every three months. Now we're doing it monthly," she said.

That rising demand is not just for non-perishable items, so she's grateful for the refrigerator provided - at no charge - by the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

It's part of a new program to increase storage capacity at the smaller food banks around the state.

"[We] received a $50,000 donation that was specifically allocated for refrigerators and freezers for our partner agencies," explained Angel Gallardo with the Food Bank of Eastern and Central NC.

On Monday, nine church and community groups picked up fridges or freezers.

It means they can do more for people who need help.

"Eggs, yogurt, potato salad, whatever we can get at the food bank," Allen explained.

Having cold storage means food banks can preserve donated food longer, and stretch it further.

The Food Bank of Eastern and Central NC hopes to give out more refrigerators and freezers soon.

"We're going to have a second round of grant applications for partner agencies that didn't receive them first time around," said Gallardo.

September is also Hunger Action Month for food banks across the country. They're trying to get as many donations as possible.

For more on how you can help, go to www.foodbankcenc.org

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