Groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for the Marion County Food Bank

MARION –The Marion County Food Bank is honored to announce the groundbreaking ceremony for their new food resource center.

The event will take place at 10 am on Friday, May 21 at 906 E. Main St in Marion. The public is invited to attend.

In 2015 Marion Advancement Campaign (MAC) took the Marion County Food Bank under its 501(c)(3) umbrella. The food bank then moved from the Valley United Methodist Church to the current location, an old filling station owned by MAC. That first year, they served 893 households. Fast forward to 2020, the food bank served a total of 2,541 households.

“We simply have outgrown our space” said Gene Winkler, Treasurer for the Marion County Food Bank. “This new building will double our footprint allowing us to be more prepared to serve now and in the future.”

The Marion County Food Bank is strictly staffed by volunteers. Volunteers help unload the truck, stock the shelves, pack food orders, serve guests and more all to ensure that the food needs of Marion County residents are met.

Last year the Marion County Food Bank distributed over 122,000 pounds of food which equates to 101,000 meals.

Funding for the $305,000 project came from various local donors and the following foundations:

·Sunderland Foundation

·Mabee Foundation

·Patterson Family Foundation

·Lattner Family Foundation

The new facility will greatly enhance the food bank’s efforts to meet the meal gap in Marion County, increase efficiencies in distribution and provide access to healthier food choices for pantry guests.

Questions may be referred to Gene at the Marion County Food Bank 620-382-7111.

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