2011-11-23 / Front Page

Largest crowd ever at Food Bank

by Terry Toole

Bro. Jay give a devotional to a full-house, plus, just before Colquitt Food Bank. Bro. Jay give a devotional to a full-house, plus, just before Colquitt Food Bank. It was the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The Colquitt United Church was about as full as it could get Saturday morning, November 19, 2011, as over 328 families were served by the Colquitt Food Bank, the largest group served since it was started in 2001. The foods provided last week had a value of almost $30,000.00, at a time when people are hurting.

Since that time, the third Saturday of each month, the large crowds have gathered at Colquitt United Methodist Church for the distribution of food to those who qualify.

At one time Colquitt Food Bank was serving several counties who did not have a food bank. It was overwhelming for the Colquitt Food Bank, and the Colquitt volunteers aided surrounding counties in establishing their own food banks. At this time the Colquitt Food Bank serves residents of Miller and Baker counties and some parts of Early County.

Scouts help distribute produce at Colquitt Food Bank. Scouts help distribute produce at Colquitt Food Bank. The Colquitt Food Bank is sponsored by the Colquitt United Methodist Church, but several area churches and organization help keep it going. The local food bank is an agency of Second Harvest Food Bank of Thomasville.

The Boy Scouts were a big help as they distributed the fresh vegetables on the outside.

Without the Miller County Sheriff’s trustee program to assist in packing and distributing the food, the program would not be possible, as well as the faithful volunteers who help each month.

When you make a purby chase from, make a donation to or volunteer to help at the Agape Store on the square in Colquitt, you are helping the Colquitt Food Bank buy foods and other needed goods for those who qualify. The proceeds from the Agape Store keep the Colquitt Food Bank in operation. All funds taken in, help buy the Food Bank’s foods, produce and household goods given away.

You can get a great pair of jeans at the thrift shop for $1.00 that would be $50- 100 in many retail outlets. You can buy a pre-owned suit or sport coat for as little as $5.00.

If you have something in your home, closet or yard that you haven’t used in quite awhile, take it to the Agape Store. Please make sure that your gifts are clean, and saleable. Just call Larry or Virginia Whitaker for more information.

The funds received are used very wisely. The Agape Store goods sold go to help people make their dollars go further in these tough times, and the rest goes to the Colquitt Food Bank.

However, if there is an urgent need for clothes or anything else at the Agape Store in a disaster, such as a fire, arrangements can be made to furnish that need.

No salaries are paid to keep these two service organizations going, and they both help many people in need.

If you would like to help at the Agape Store or the Colquitt Food Bank, just contact the Colquitt United Methodist Church for times you can volunteer or help.

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