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Food funding

March 16, 2011

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To the editor:

I take exception to the March 9 editorial questioning Just Food as a failed enterprise akin to welfare.

A short summary of their efforts since October 2009 starts with 2,000 individuals monthly using the pantry. They have a monthly mobile food pantry providing perishables to 200 households and receive two other emergency commodity programs including one for seniors. Food drives from throughout the county accounted for 7,000 pounds of donated food distributed back to the community last year.

A partnership with Harvesters enables Just Food to leverage food purchases for 10 cents a pound. Refrigeration and freezer capacity programs with the Farmers Market for surplus produce each week, plus donations of excess fresh products from area gardeners, can be kept fresher and shared with those fighting food insecurity.

Volunteers equal three full-time employees. These include data entry, grant writing, pickup from grocers, and day-to-day work in the warehouse.

Just Food is not in competition with other pantries; we complement their efforts. Losing Just Food would put unimaginable strain on everyone fighting hunger. Consider this work as one leg of a three-legged stool that includes shelter and health care. Just Food is like any other nonprofit appealing to the community for help. It is young and lacks a defined fundraising mechanism at this time, but its success and asset to the community deserves support and its grassroots fundraising campaign should be applauded.

Comments

RANGERTWO 3 years, 1 month ago

THE PROBLEM HERE IS THE BOARD FOR A YEAR NEVER DID A DARN THING TO SECURE ITS CONTINUED OPERATION, AND ECKAN NEVER WANTED TO BE INVOLVED WITH IT AFTER THE MONEY RAN OUT! YOU DON'T SEE THEM OR HERE THEM TRYING TO HELP NOW, OR SHOW US! BY THE WAY, LETS HERE HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE RAISED SO FAR SINCE YOU BEGAN BEGGING FOR IT. I HOPE IT STAYS OPEN FOR THE PEOPLE THAT NEED IT, BUT GET RID OF ALL THE CRAPPY FOLKS WHO NEVER DID A DARN THING AND SHOW ALL ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE PUBLIC ON A MONTHLY BASIS IN THE PAPER SO PEOPLE SEE HOW IT IS RUN! THATS THE WAY IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE AT THE START, NOT ALL THE PERSONEL AGENDAS THAT PLAYED FRO A YEAR AND CAUSE THE BEGGING NOW!

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HollisBrown 3 years, 1 month ago

Great letter, Alan. I liked the Grass Roots, too, especially "Live for Today". That cool guitar intro was played by Creed Bratton, who plays himself on "The Office".

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