Kremmling Food Bank poised to open July 26 |

Kremmling Food Bank poised to open July 26

A new addition to the Mountain Family Center’s Hunger Relief Program will open this month. Through the efforts of the Mountain Family Center, Kremmling Community Church, West Grand School District and concerned citizens, a food bank in Kremmling will open July 26 at 304 12th Street, just behind West Grand High School in the old administrative offices.

To celebrate, an Open House will be held on July 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the food bank. Visitors may tour the food bank, meet the staff and volunteers, drop off donations, and enjoy a lunch of hot dogs and lemonade.

In order to stock the pantry shelves at this new food bank, a food drive is being held through Saturday, July 19. Food may be dropped off at Kremmling Mercantile, Grand Mountain Bank, and the Kremmling Library.

“We are encouraged by the positive response from the community regarding the placement of a Food Bank in Kremmling,” said Kremmling Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator Monika Cary. “Many volunteers have already prepared the building site in anticipation of the Food Drive. We look forward to being open for business beginning July 29th.”

“Volunteers were the key to getting this food bank open,” said Jill Korkowski, executive director of the Mountain Family Center. “Monika Cary and her volunteers really kept the momentum going when we began to collaborate on this project.”

“We already have a few donations,” said Sue Perkins, Food Bank Coordinator for Mountain Family Center. “But, they are not enough to fill the food bank or serve the community for very long. We are in need of many non-perishable food items.”

“In the first half of 2008, 39 percent of Mountain Family Center’s food bank visitors were from the Kremmling area,” stated Korkowski. “It is clear our programs and services need to be more accessible to Kremmling area residents.”

The Kremmling Food Bank will open to people needing assistance at 9 a.m. on July 29 and remain open until 3 p.m. Through the rest of the summer, it will open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.

For more information about how to help out, please call Sue Perkins at (970) 725-3257.