Spotlight on Charity: The Mandarin Food Bank

The Mandarin Food Bank opened in April, 1991 with a stated mission to provide emergency food, clothing and special assistance to our neighbors in need. The families that we serve come to us from area churches, clubs, schools, and by word of mouth. They are not usually homeless, but may be one paycheck away from being so. Single parents are our largest group of clients, followed by single elderly adults on a fixed income. While our main purpose is to provide food and clothing, we also focus on helping our clients with appropriate referrals to rent and utility assistance and other needed services. We feel that education is an important aspect of our assistance.

In 2016 the Mandarin Food bank served over 6,123 families. In addition, last Thanksgiving and Christmas, 1,000 holiday baskets were distributed. Each basket included a turkey and trimmings, fresh produce, as well as non-perishable food to prepare a traditional holiday family meal.

The Food Bank is open to serve clients Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 11:30 A.M. After hours and on Saturdays, our volunteers receive, pick up, re-stock our shelves and clean.

We are an organization made up entirely of volunteers, headed by our co-directors, Mrs. Bonnie McNulty and Mrs. Mary Kaminski, who founded the food bank 26 years ago. We currently count close to 150 wonderful, hardworking people to help us carry out our mission.

But even with all the wonderful help of our small army of volunteers, we could not serve our clients were it not for the strong commitment of the community. Civic groups, schools, churches, business, and caring individuals like the ladies of the Deercreek Women’s Alliance, provide the much needed support such as food and clothing drives, as well as cash, which is used to buy milk, meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables and other perishable items.

The Mandarin Food Bank is extremely grateful for the generosity of the Deercreek Women’s Alliance this year and hope we can continue to count on your support in the future.

For information on the Mandarin Food Bank and how you can help, please call Carmen Kelly at 904-610-9789