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The Greater Washington County Food Bank, a division of Food Helpers, serves the region in the hope of a world without hunger.
âEverything we do is part of the mission of trying to end hunger in our part of the world,â said George Omiros, CEO of Food Helpers. “We may not be able to stop it all over the world, but at least in the counties we serve, primarily Washington County, but in our communities that come together, ending hunger.”
The Greater Washington County Food Bank has served Washington County for almost 40 years. Under the umbrella of Food Helpers, which launched earlier this year, the food bank runs monthly chest-truck distributions throughout the region – a distribution model that the food bank adopted before the pandemic, and the banks Foods nationwide jumped to when COVID-19 hit.
The food bank fills the void for people who may not qualify for traditional government food assistance programs. According to Feeding America, nearly 50% of the food insecure population of Washington County is ineligible for existing programs.
âWe are not asking for income verification,â Omiros said. âUnfortunately, we have people all over our riding falling through the cracks. They slightly, or not much, exceed the minimum requirements to be eligible to receive food. Where are they going?”
They turn to the Food Helpers food bank.
In addition to monthly food distributions, the food bank organizes holiday meal distributions for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Christmas distribution is scheduled for December 18; registration is required and you can sign up for your ham, sides and holiday pie at https://www.foodhelpers.org/holidays.
The Greater Washington County Food Bank operates the Senior Food Box program for low-income seniors; offers cooking and nutrition courses in its training center for healthy lifestyles and aims to target the root causes of hunger.
This holiday season, the Greater Washington County Food Bank needs donations – time, money, food or clothing. Volunteers are encouraged to pack boxes or fill several vacancies on the committee.
âThey can also make it known that we are here,â Omiros said. ” We are here. We are a force. We are going to be here to provide excellent service to the community.