Thanks to all who donated

Published 9:10 am Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It comes as no surprise to us that Franklin Cooperative Ministries’ first public plea for donations in its 20-year history to stock its food bank was successful.

Cooperative Ministries Director Veronica Ferguson was thrilled and amazed at the response. Ferguson also stressed the importance of continuing to donate into early next year, when supplies traditionally drop.

Western Tidewater responds to people in need and will continue as long as there is a need, which is growing.

In 2007, Franklin Cooperative Ministries gave away 387 bags of food in 2011. As of Oct. 15, the agency had given out 1,300 bags for the year.

About 20 churches in Franklin and Southampton County and the southern portion of Isle of Wight County support the food bank with donations of money and food. The non-profit agency traditionally spends $100 every two months for extra food. Lately, it’s been $400 to $500 a month.

The group provides bags of food valued at $20 each to more than 200 families. Items include peanut butter, jelly, Saltine crackers, pork and beans, tuna fish, canned vegetables and popcorn. Clients can get food every two months.

So thanks for helping out. Anyone wishing to make a donation can go to the food bank at 511 N. Main St. near the Franklin post office. It is open 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 am. to noon on Friday.

For additional information, call Ferguson at 516-6322.