The reorganization of the Banks-Jackson Food Bank continues with the election of new officers, the appointment of a board of directors and participation by a dozen area churches in the facility.
The effort began with a June announcement that the food bank would close July 1 because the group operating it could not find new board members. The outcry from the community — particularly the churches — was immediate and kept the facility from shutting its doors.
“We feel really good that it has remained open (during the transition) and service has not been interrupted,” said Rev. Carlton Allen, who was elected chairman and named the “registered agent” of the 501 (c) (3) organization.
Pattie Bearden serves as chief financial officer and Michele Head as secretary. Bearden is also the volunteer coordinator. Allen said the board hopes to meet quarterly with a larger advisory group, to “share information on resources” available to the food bank. That group will be open to anyone interested in the food bank.
Additionally, four members — Allen, Bearden, Jennifer Bearden and Juanelle Allen — have undergone the training required to be able to make food purchases for the food bank at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia in Athens.
Most important, Allen said, is the wider array of churches that have stepped forth to help out.
“Even churches that have their own food ministry are willing to partner with other churches so we can all be better stewards of our resources,” Allen commented. He also expressed gratitude to the original officers of the food bank for allowing the transition without losing the 501 (c) (3) status.
“We do still have a need for volunteers,” Allen observed, adding that interested volunteers can go by the food bank, located on Atlanta Avenue in Commerce, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays or can call the First Baptist Church of Commerce at 706-335-4083.
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