Food Bank Getting Donations; Much More Needed

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Offers to help have been trickling into Jacksonville's food

bank after officials announced last week the city's emergency

food supply was being drained by changes in federal welfare laws.

In June, Lutheran Social Services' Second Harvest Food Bank of

Northeast Florida gave away emergency food items to nearly

triple the number of people served in June 1996.

Food bank officials said cuts in food stamp guidelines are

mainly responsible for the increase.

"The demand has really risen and is keeping us really busy,"

said Food Bank director Tim Davis.

Since last week's announcement, several individuals have

called the food bank inquiring about donating food. Some have

come to volunteer at the agency and AT&T Solutions is putting

together a food drive to collect items for the food bank.

"I saw over the weekend on one of the morning news shows

where they were pleading for people to contribute," said Dee Ann

Bone, manager of service excellence at AT&T Solutions Customer

Care. "I'm hoping that, by this time next week, we have enough

food for them."

"We'll do it on a continuous basis until the donations stop,"

Bone said. "What I'd like to do is get the whole company

involved. …