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2nd Harvest Food Bank wants to help those in need with 5,000 pounds of food Saturday in Clarendon

Second Harvest Food Bank welcomes efforts to help people who are wondering where their next meal might come from — during a pandemic and any time.

On Saturday, up to 80 families will be able to get that answer in Clarendon.

There will be a Second Harvest Food Bank food distribution from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Clarendon Vets Club on Brown Avenue.

There will be 5,000 pounds of food — 60 to 100 pounds per family, for about 80 families.

“We are built, equipped and the go-to resource to help those in need of food,” Second Harvest Director of Development Zachary Webb said.

Second Harvest has a number of services for a variety of needs.

“We would recommend they call (800) 604-9186,” Webb said. “We can help refer them to one of our agencies that support individuals from baby products for infants to healthy items for senior citizens, from produce to dairy, from grade school children to members of the military. We work with a total of 399 agencies and distribute nearly 10 million meals a year.

“As the largest hunger relief organization in the 11 county area — and Warren — we are thankful for this anonymous donor’s efforts,” Webb said. “They are helping to support our mission in Warren County which, in 2019 alone, provided 518,386 meals through 30 hunger relief agencies.”

According to Webb, the 2019 Second Harvest effort in Warren County included:

180,000 meals through five food pantries serving families in need;

50,000 meals through five BackPack programs at elementary schools, feeding children in need on their weekends away from school;

13,000 meals at two soup kitchens providing emergency food;

165,000 meals at three hunger relief organizations which add just in time delivery of fresh produce for their clients;

9,000 meals through five school pantries located at middle and high schools, allowing older children to choose food for their families in a safe, secure location;

50,000 meals at two Produce Express distributions sites which bring truckloads of food and distribute direct to clients in need;

21,000 meals at Military Share distributions, which reach families in need who have connections to the armed forces as a veteran or currently serving member of the military and are in need, and;

30,000 meals through a Senior Box program that distributes monthly boxes at seven sites across Warren County, serving those 60 years and older.

According to Webb, food distributed in the county in 2019 included: 210,417 pounds of fresh produce; 64,974 pounds of meat, fish, and poultry; 33,726 pounds of dairy — milk, cheese, yogurt; 31,896 pounds of complete meals/entrees; 28,278 pounds of non-meat protein including eggs.

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