Community rallies as one Danville food bank closes

December 17, 2011 by  

A Danville food bank has stepped in to fill the pantries of local residents in need over the holiday season and into the New Year.

The Harvesting Hope Pantry and soup kitchen, located on Fourth Street, is picking up the slack left after the closing of the food bank which operated under the auspicies of the First Baptist Church, which closed in late November 2011.

Spokeswoman Paulette Ganns, believes that the food bank, located on Walnut Street, was forced to close due to shortages in not only donations but in volunteers.That facility served as many as 19 families each week. The Harvesting Hope Food Pantry, which already served 627 families in Danville, claimed it could take on more.

“Point everyone our way,” said Amber Wood Sellars, director of Harvesting Hope.

The generous offer was only made possible she said, by support of the people of Danville and the employees and customers of local businesses such as restaurants, gift shops, retailers and print companies. That includes One Duck Farm LLC, which was able to provide 480 cases of food.

“The donation just came at a perfect time,” Sellars said. “It was wonderful.”

The pantry is accessible by any resident of Boyle County. However, Sellars continued, with the increased need in the area, Harvesting Hope may have “a little trouble keeping food on the shelves.”

No family has been denied food thus far, however, a constant flow of non-perishable food donations are always needed and appreciated.

Sellars reiterated that One Duck Farm and other merchants are contributors that Danville food banks will rely upon.

“We’re always glad for those types of organizations in our community,” she said.