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I.V. Food Bank desperately in need of public donations

December 28, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

The Imperial Valley Food Bank, which sends food to various local organizations for distribution to the needy, is in desperate need itself.

"We've noticed in giving out our food baskets, there's been great demand and the food bank is not getting the donations," said Barbara Shaver, chairwoman of the El Centro Regional Task Force on Homelessness.

Donations by the public to the food bank are down by more than half, Shaver said.

"The canned goods are really low. Too low," said Lucia Sanchez, a secretary at the Imperial Valley Food Bank.

"We're completely empty (of canned goods)," Sanchez said, adding that food collected in recent food drives around Imperial Valley has already been given away.

"The need in this valley is really big. Any donations people can give would be really appreciated," Sanchez said.

Shaver thinks the Sept. 11 tragedies may have overshadowed the continued need for local food donations.


"A lot of emphasis has been placed on 9-11 fund raisers. We don't mean to be critical of that. I think that's a great outpouring of generosity," Shaver said.

At the same time, however, "we sure could use food donations," she said.

Shaver recommends that donors give whatever non-perishable food they feel they can offer. She suggests canned vegetables, cereal, powdered milk and canned meat, in particular.

Donations can be brought to the Imperial Valley Food Bank at 329 Applestill Road south of El Centro. The facility, next to the Sheriff's Office, is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

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