The Mandarin Food Bank

The Mandarin Food Bank opened in April, 1991 with a mission to provide emergency food, clothing and special assistance to local neighbors in need. The families that are served come from area churches, schools and by word of mouth. They are not usually homeless, but may be one paycheck away from being so. Single parents are the largest group of clients, followed by single elderly adults on a fixed income. While the main purpose is to provide food and clothing, the focus on helping clients with appropriate referrals to rent and utilities and other needed services is an important aspect of assistance. The Mandarin Food bank serves over 6,500 families. The Food Bank is open to serve clients Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 11:30 A.M. After hours and on Saturdays, the volunteers receive, pick up, re-stock shelves and clean. The organization is made up entirely of volunteers, and was founded 26 years ago. Hardworking volunteers from civic groups, schools, churches, business, and caring individuals like the ladies of the Deercreek Women’s Alliance provide the much needed support.

There will be a food drive during June for peanut butter and jelly, email and the electronic sign will provide further details. The DWA supports this drive during the summer months when children stay home and cannot take advantage of the free and reduced price school lunches. Please drop donations in the bins by the guardhouse or at the home of Carmen Kelly at 10139 Bishop Lake Road. Your support is appreciated.