Area Food Bank Almost Out of Food

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

Hunter Fauber has been on his feet, stocking shelves and distributing food to the poor.

"Just today, I've seen about 20 families," he says.

They come by word of mouth, down on their luck, needing a little food to get them by.

"They say if it wasn't for you, we wouldn't have food on our table," says Fauber.

Fauber helps feed about 300 families each month ... and he does it right out of his home. His garage doubles as one of the most frequented food pantries in the area. It's open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It keeps Fauber busy, but he still finds time to help at the Food Bank that supplies his pantry.

Martin White, Director of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, says, "He comes in with his church group, sorts salvage and eggs, anything we need and then he comes back and works his pantry five days a week."

But after 13 years, he's finding it most challenging now. The national economy has nose-dived, leaving the Food Bank more empty than ever.

"We have an increase of 25 percent demand but we also have a 25 percent decrease in the amount of food being donated," explains White.

Food companies that used to donate are now reselling damaged goods in the salvage market. Without help, that loss will leave shelves - and 18 thousand stomachs each week - empty throughout the Valley.

"In the Valley, people are so gracious and they always respond and give and we really need it this year," says White.

To help, call the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank at (540) 248-FOOD (3663).

50 North Main Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-9191 - Switchboard 540-433- 4028 - Fax 540-433-2700 - News Fax

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