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Community Harvest Food Bank needs donations of foods in low supply

The food bank has a lot of snack foods, grits and sodas stored, but they're extremely low on foods that can help sustain people during the day such as boxed meals and canned foods.

Posted: Mar 27, 2019 6:58 PM
Updated: Mar 28, 2019 6:22 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Take a look into Community Harvest's food warehouse and you'll notice there are many empty shelves.

"We made it through the holidays, and between now and summertime we kind of run low on inventory but we're noticing that we're a little bit lower than we want to be this time of year," said Community Harvest Food Bank Executive President Carmen Cumberland.

The food bank has a lot of snack foods, grits and sodas stored, but they're extremely low on foods that can help sustain people during the day such as boxed meals and canned foods.

"We just had a vendor come in and donated lots of snacks which in moderation is okay but it doesn't fulfill our need," said Cumberland.

Cumberland says canned vegetables, soups, meats, macaroni and cheese, pasta and peanut butter are what they're looking for.

"Things that are going to fill the belly and sustain you for a little while."

Community Harvest Food Bank distributes over 1 million pounds of food each month to kids, veterans, seniors and families in 9 counties in northeast Indiana. Cumberland says they get a lot of donations during the holidays, but hunger goes beyond those popular giving times.

"People are so generous doing food drives, but again, hunger never takes a holiday so here we are 365 days a year trying to fill that need. "

The food bank is hoping that people in the community are able to help out.

"Please help us. We have a wish list, so if anyone wants to visit our website they can see the items that we're really in need of," said Cumberland.

If you want to donate food or monetary donations visit Community Harvest on Tillman Road.

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