, Muskogee, OK


October 24, 2013

Donate to food banks

Rising grocery prices and and less food from a regional food bank have put a dent in supplies of area food banks.

And it comes at a time when they really can use it.

Food banks usually see an uptick in the giving of both food and money as the holidays approach.

This year, however, a bigger uptick likely is necessary.

Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma communications manager Maggie Hoey said deliveries to food pantries are down because the food bank is getting fewer commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Because the price of groceries has risen, food pantries are getting less food per dollar than years past. Muskogee Cooperative Ministries Food Pantry director Bud Ranks said the food pantry spends about $20,000 each year to buy food.

Unfortunately, there is a great need for food in the area. That need, coupled with less food, is heartbreaking.

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. Information: Bud Ranks, (918) 360-3950

• 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.

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