Kings County Prepares to Open its First Food Bank

November 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Needy families in Kings County will soon have easier access to groceries. The county is getting ready to open its first food bank. The opening couldn't have come at a better time.Lemoore Christian aid gets calls all day long from families in need of food. Workers try to keep up with demand but the need is growing.

Pastor Thom Abrahamson of Lemoore Christian Aid said, "We're seeing more and more families come in. We're serving 50, 60 up to 80 families a month now ... just in food. "

Abrahamson is the president of the board of directors of Lemoore Christian Aid. He says his organization depends on donations from the community. But soon he and other small food pantries across the county can turn to a huge food bank for help.

David Droker of the Kings Community Action Organization said, "There are lot of small organizations and entities involved in addressing hunger. One of the goals of us centralizing this process is to have an economy of scale that we can spread out the food countywide. And people can get a whole lot more bang for their hunger investment buck."

Droker and his organization will be renting out an 11-thousand square foot warehouse from the city of Lemoore for just a dollar a year. It's a big step up from the 32 hundred square foot cramped quarters they have now. Droker says the county's new food bank couldn't have come at a better time.

According to a statewide study on hunger, Kings County has the highest percentage of families reporting food insecurity ... food insecurity is defined as not knowing whether there will be enough food for the next meal.

Pastor Thom Abrahamson said, "It's going to give us a ready supply of food. Lemoore Christian Aid will not have to rely completely on the donations of the community. We can purchase food from the food bank ... so that when donations are down we'll have ready access to food."

Although Kings County's new food bank won't be open in time for the holidays ... it will be open in time for truckloads of fresh fruits and vegetables in the spring.



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