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Change Happens....
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 • Posted March 28, 2013

Sometimes that is wonderful. (you get a job; a child graduates) At other times Change can really set you back. (you get very ill; you are laid off)

The Mason Food Bank assists people with their food needs during times of difficult change and emergencies. A job loss, fire or accident can create immediate needs. Those with low incomes are even harder hit by such setbacks. Their savings can be wiped out quickly. A family in crisis may be juggling medical expenses, food/nutrition, utilities, rent/mortgage and simply buying gasoline for the car, if they have one. What shall they pay first? When? How?

A senior couple may have depleted their savings or had it wiped out in the financial crisis. They are trying to live on Social Security and may be supporting a grandchild, too. For everyone food costs have been rising.

A family with 5 children and parents who both work at low paying jobs (waitress, ranch hand, house cleaner, retail) finds it is very difficult to make ends meet and almost impossible to handle a crisis.

These are the families, single, married, multi-generational, large and small, served by The Mason Food Bank. We realize that there are others who may temporarily need food assistance. Sometimes they are ashamed or embarrassed. We do not judge those who have fallen on hard times. If you are aware of someone who is struggling, please let them know about the Food Bank. In April we will be open on Monday, April 8th from 3:00 t0 5:30 PM.

The Mason Food Bank is open once a month. Each family receives a box of groceries similar to the one pictured. The photo shows a box for a family of 4. It cannot feed them for a month. It is only to supplement their diet. Each box contains $20 to $30 worth of food. To provide this assistance the Food Bank depends on donations of money and food. We particularly appreciate donations of fresh produce and processed deer meat. Also, we are always needing: fruit packed in light syrup, tuna, peanut butter, lightly salted peanuts and pasta sauce. Consider buying these items for the Food Bank when you see them on sale.

We also welcome volunteers. This is an entirely volunteer organization. To volunteer, arrange for a donation or ask a question, please call Eva Tannehill at 347-1518.

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