Some people in Dickinson County have no food and the place they turn to for assistance is running low.
The Food and Clothing Bank is in need of food.
Jeanette Meyers, coordinator of food, said food donations have been slow in recent months.
“Normally we would have all three of these shelves full of soup and … there’s just very little,” Meyers said as she organized two separate kinds of dry goods: toilet paper and gravy mix.
“This is soup we’ve had to go buy because when we run out of donation food, we have to use the money that people have donated to buy more food.”
Bank’s yearly cycle
At the bank’s annual drive in May, it received more food donations than it had received in years. However, even that load of non-perishables was not enough to keep the bank well stocked from the end of spring to the beginning of fall.
“We always have more of a demand for food in the summer because people’s children are at home,” Meyers said. “They’re not eating at school, so that’s probably what really depletes our supplies in the summertime. That’s why we’re a little short.”
Meyers said all food donation recipients must be residents of Dickinson County. They are required to fill out a form on their first visit and bring a photo ID.
The bank also offers clothing in an adjacent room. No ID or forms are required for the used clothing, which is sold at low prices.
Started in church
The Food and Clothing Bank has moved three times since its inception 1983, but it has always served customers and donation recipients from locations in downtown Abilene.
The bank started as the Food Bank at Trinity Lutheran Church. Three years later, the bank added its “clothing side” and moved to Cedar Street. In 2010, both sides of the bank moved to the Sunflower Building, 409 N.W. 3rd Street.
Meyers said individuals, businesses, churches and other community groups are welcome to donate money, food and personal hygiene items.
All food must be non-perishable: cereals, pastas, canned goods, bread mixes and more.
To donate to the “food side” of the bank, stop in or call 263-1221 during its open hours, 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.