Food Bank Grows and So Does Need

The winter season is quickly approaching and for many non-profit agencies that supply clothing, winter clothes are bare. The Graham Area Food Bank which also serves as a clothes closet is feeling the pinch. Newschannel 6 learned the community plays a big part in supplying donations.

The year was 1983; the opening of the graham food bank. Donna Brown started volunteering three years later and has slowly watched it expand.

"When I started in '86, 20 families was a busy day and now a day of 40 to 50 families is a busy day," said Brown.

On Tuesday that's how many families came in for assistance. After supplying for dozens, clothes still hang from their racks but their food shelves are left bare.

"We've grown before in hard times, but nothing like this and sometimes it seems overpowering but we make it through and God sees us through it."

She says the community is the heart of the food bank.

"Walmart graciously donates their food that they might throw out and Golden Chick donates their chicken instead of throwing it out," she said.

Lately they've been running on reserves looking for more donations to stock up the shelves and winter clothing to keep people warm.

"We need coats for the entire family and just warm clothing."

For 25 years Donna Brown has witnessed the growth of the Graham Area Food Bank and the need in town, never knowing what to expect but always believing the community would supply.

"People that donate here are appreciated so much, so much," said Brown.

The Graham Area Food Bank is open Tuesday and Thursdays from 10am to 12pm and then from 1pm until 3pm. You can drop off your donations, including monetary donations during that time.

The Girl Scouts in Graham will hold a can food drive this Saturday. All the proceeds will benefit the local food bank.

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.