Food Bank Getting Donations; Much More Needed
Wakefield, Vivian, The Florida Times Union
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