Food Bank celebrates anniversay Thursday
OTTUMWA — The Food Bank of Southern Iowa is celebrating its 30th anniversary, with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Thursday.
It has been just more than a year since the Food Bank moved into its new location in the old Budweiser building in Ottumwa. The building was almost tailor made for the Food Bank, except for a freezer to fulfill its storage needs. With donations from the Legacy Foundation and John Deere, the Food Bank got the freezer it needed.
The Food Bank serves more than 150 agencies in 13 counties. It can purchase more than 50 pounds of food for about $7, so that’s why the organization is grateful for monetary donations as well as donations of nonperishable items. Lately there have been several donations of fresh produce from local gardeners.
The Food Bank opened on June 22, 1983.
The first executive director was Ethel Mae Champ. She served two years, and then Wayne Millard took over in 1985. His legacy of service and dedication is still honored today. Neal Abbott, the current executive director, assumed his position in 2008. The Food Bank currently employs six regular employees, three through the Experience Works program and one through Vista AmeriCorps.
To donate or volunteer, call 641-682-3403 and set up a time to visit with Abbott.