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Rotary members offer curbside pickup for food bank donations every other Friday

Update: they plan to continue the drive every other Friday through May and possibly June.

 
Series: Coronavirus | Story 83

Last updated 5/15/2020 at 11:16am

Courtesy MaryKay Voss

Update: Rotary members collected as much as 4,000 pounds of food and other supplies, and $2,500 in monetary donations for the Mill Creek Community Food Bank on Friday, April 17. Mary Kay Voss said the Rotary members will continue their "Drive for Food" every other Friday through May (and possibly June) after the first success. Email [email protected] by 2 p.m. Thursdays for pickup on Fridays with your name and subdivision/neighborhood. Current needs include beans, cereal, boxed meal starters (like Hamburger Helper), and creamed soups.

The need at the Mill Creek Community Food Bank is up – by as much as 50% – amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That's true of food banks almost everywhere. People have been furloughed, schools are shut down, and businesses have seen dizzying decreases in revenue which leads to an increased need for help amid the pandemic.

The food bank needs donations to keep up with the need.

Mary Kay Voss and Vicki Wellman, both members of the Mill Creek Rotary, are stepping up to help. Or, driving, rather.

Voss and Wellman are coordinating a pickup effort to collect items for the food bank Friday, April 17. The idea is that people have the desire to help, but may not want or be able to drive to the food bank, so Voss and Wellman are coordinating teams to drive to houses to pick up their donations. It's their first time doing this.

"People in Mill Creek are generous, and they want to help, but they may be afraid to leave their houses," Wellman said.

"I had pulled some food from my pantry and thought 'Oh, I could give up a few boxes of spaghetti, Triscuits, and some other things,' but got so busy that I hadn't had time to take it in," Voss said. She also wasn't sure if the trip to the food bank would be worth it if she just had a handful of items. She thought others may feel the same.

"I bet there are other people who have some items but maybe they think they're not going to drive to the food bank for a box of crackers and peanut butter. Plus, I think there's a lot of people who don't want to go out," for personal safety, Voss added.

"A lot of people are afraid to leave their houses to go to the food bank and the food bank is dangerously low on food," Wellman said. Personal products are also needed.

"We're just in a very unusual situation and need to figure out a way to help people who maybe didn't need help three weeks ago," Voss said.

If you have items to donate, email Mary Kay Voss at [email protected] with your address and subdivision/neighborhood so drivers know where to go. Place items on the curb with the label "food bank," or on the porch or in a plastic box if it is raining. Pickups will be from 9 - 11 a.m. and drivers will be wearing masks and gloves.

This is what the food bank needs:

BREAD

PEANUT BUTTER

JELLY

CANNED SOUP or INSTANT SOUP

RAMEN CRACKERS

MAC AND CHEESE

CANNED FRUIT

CANNED VEGETABLES

CANNED TUNA, CHICKEN, AND SALMON

JUICE

COFFEE

NUTS

BEANS (CANNED or DRIED)

BABY FOOD

BOXED CEREALS

CANNED STEWS

BOTTLED JUICES

CAT LITTER

PET FOOD (DRY AND CANNED)

SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

Courtesy MaryKay Voss

TOOTHPASTE

HAND CREAM

BABY POWDER

TOILET PAPER

FEMININE PRODUCTS

TOILET PAPER

DIAPERS (size 1 to 6)

WIPES BAR SOAP

CLEANING SUPPLIES

LAUNDRY SOAP

 

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