MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

October 10, 2012

Food banks need your help


— Area food bank administrators say donations are down and requests for help are up.

They need your help.

Food bank administrators say rising food and gas prices, unemployment and some disastrous weather has caused both demand to go up and supply to fall off.

The Community First  ministry at First Baptist Church reports it has been seeing 500 clients per month this year —  up 100 from last year.

“Last month (August), we saw 586 individuals,” said Pam Griffith, director of Community First.

The same concerns are coming from other area food banks, too.

The Muskogee Cooperative Ministries Food Bank reported a 21.4 percent increase in clients over a comparable period in 2011.

The problem is no surprise, says the director of communications and marketing for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, which covers 24 counties, including Muskogee County.

“The problem is covering our entire serving area,” said Susan Tilkin. “One thing our partner programs are saying is that summer has been tough.”

Our community has a great history of compassionate response in times of need.

And though times are tough all around, we are confident our community will respond again.

If there is any way you can contribute to an area food bank now, please do.

You can help

• Muskogee Cooperative Ministries operates a food bank at First Presbyterian Church, 500 W. Broadway.

• Community First, First Baptist Church, 111 S. Seventh St., (918) 683-0962.

• Gospel Rescue Mission, 326 S. Second St., (918) 682-3489.

• Ark of Faith, 401 E. Broadway, (918) 682-8411.

• Catholic Charities, 1220 W. Broadway, (918) 681-6115.

• Salvation Army, 615 S. Main St., (918) 682-3384.