Greene Commissioners Approve $10,000 Contribution to Food Bank | Local News

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Greene County commissioners on Thursday approved a $10,000 contribution to the Waynesburg Corner Cupboard Food Bank that will be used to purchase a new refrigerated elevator food truck.

Commissioner Mike Belding said the food bank’s chief executive, Candace Webster, asked for help with the purchase in February. His letter of request said the truck would allow the agency to continue accepting and distributing “massive donations” of approximately 48,000 pounds of food to the food bank each week from an out-of-county donor.

Those donations, she explained, include large pallets full of fresh produce that helps the food bank “better meet the nutritional needs of our neighbors in Greene County.”

In his letter of request, Webster said that while the food bank is “on track” to raise the $180,000 needed to purchase the truck — with just over $100,000 already raised through a combination of grants, sponsorships and donations – the agency is asking for help from the county.

Webster thanked the commissioners for being “incredibly generous and unfailingly helpful” in supporting the food bank over the years and explained that the food bank had to rent a refrigerated truck to accommodate the large weekly donation to help the residents of the region. But, she says, the cost of renting is not bearable for the agency.

“We don’t want to give up on such a large donation that could benefit so many people,” she explained in the letter, adding that the food bank and its food pantry sites feed between 2,000 and 2,500 residents. of the region.

The commissioners’ contribution to the truck will come from the county’s American Rescue Fund (ARF).

“Continued funding for our community support organizations, such as the Corner Cupboard Food Bank, is imperative,” Belding said. “After COVID, recovering family and business finances is now complicated by skyrocketing prices for everything from fuel to food and baby supplies. Sustained support is important to maintain the health and well-being of our most vulnerable populations.

“The Corner Cupboard Food Bank is a lifeline for those in need and an investment in the future of our communities,” he continued.

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