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Volunteers to work at the Food Bank are needed throughout the year, as well, either on a regular weekly basis or on occasion. Opportunities for helping include stocking shelves, boxing up food for distribution, checking in clients, interviewing clients, driving to Waco or Meridian to pick up food (in your own pick-up), loading or unloading shipments, and cleaning the building, as well as making the all-important food and monetary donations. Contact Diana Van Wagner to get signed up for regular detail.

Loading For the second year in a row, Our Daily Bread Food Bank in Whitney has seen a 30% increase in the number of people who need help , helping 1,422 families (3,503 individuals) during the first 10 months of 2010. That represents 30 people each day that the food bank has been open. Some families in need are those that have lost their sources of income and have moved to Whitney to be closer to relatives who can assist them. Others are long-time Whitney residents who used to need assistance only a few times a year, but the frequency of their need has now increased since the number of odd jobs available in our area has dwindled.

Our Daily Bread

Because of this increase in need, the Food Bank's goal in 2010 is to collect 65,000 lbs. of food to be distributed locally. The major drive day is always the Friday before Thanksgiving, and KWTX-TV, Channel 10, provides live reporting from all locations during the day. As always, Whitney's drop-off location that day is the Whitney Church of Christ. This annual "Food For Families" drive is being sponsored by KWTX-TV (channel 10) Waco, H.E.B, Boy Scouts of America, and the Texas National Guard.

Food Drive

All food items brought to the food bank in November will be weighed and counted toward the 2010 goal of 65,000 lbs. Our Daily Bread in Whitney is open on Monday 10-12, Wednesday 4-6 and Thursday 1-3. Monetary donations are particularly encouraged since they can be converted to 5 lbs of food for every $2.00 contributed. That potential purchasing power is many times greater than retail. Checks may be made payable to "Our Daily Bread" or L.W.M.A. (Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance) and sent to P.O.Box 1502, Whitney (with your check memo stating "food drive").

WBC Sponsor: Diana VanWagner Email

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ission  WBC Members Work Food Bank Drive
 oment  November, 2015

On Friday, November 20, a large contingency of White Bluff Chapel members showed up at the Church of Christ in downtown Whitney to participate in the Ministerial Alliance-sponsored annual pre-Thanksgiving food bank drive. The volunteers combined their time, efforts and talent with those of their neighbors from six other churches in Whitney to help make Our Daily Bread Food Pantry's annual Food Drive a success. Channel 10 of Waco was on hand to record the event.

The Food Bank administrators continue to accept food and monetary contributions.  They emphasize that so much more value is gained by using monetary donations to purchase food wholesale, hence stretching the donors' dollars and allowing the Food Bank to purchase food when their shelves get empty.

ission  A Request from Our Daily Bread Food Bank
 oment  March, 2014

In the past few years the demands on Our Daily Bread Food Bank and other agencies under the umbrella of the Ministerial Alliance have increased in volume by at least 40%.  While we have temporarily solved the people part of our problem with new volunteers to help service this increased need, unfortunately the building from which Our Daily Bread Food Bank operates is completely overwhelmed by this increased need. 

To address this vital need, a plan to pursue the construction of a new facility was presented to the Ministerial Alliance and received approval.  This new facility will be approximately 5,000 sq. ft. of operations area and office space and will provide adequate parking.  The facility will allow the organization to bring all current assistance programs under one roof, including the Ministerial Alliance management office, Meals on Wheels for senior citizens, Angel Tree for area children, Benevolence assistance for needy families, and Our Daily Bread Food Bank, which now provides food and personal basic items for approximately 300 families per month.  This new facility should be able to service the needs of our community for the next 20 plus years!

Your help in making this needed facility a reality is being actively solicited.

Bob Harris, Treasurer of White Bluff Chapel, has established a special fund titled “Food Bank Building Project.”  The fundraising drive is starting now, taking a vital step forward for our community. Please consider helping with this building project by sharing your resources.  Checks can be written to White Bluff Chapel with the notation of Food Bank Building Project.  Your donation is tax deductible.

If you have questions, please contact WBC member, Herb Grubbs at 694-8559.

On behalf of the Food Bank Team, the Ministerial Alliance, and the many needy children and families, we thank you in advance for your assistance in making this happen.  Let’s all make a difference and position our Community to help our neighbors for many years to come!!

Mission of the Month, November 2012

Our Daily Bread Food Drive

The 2011 food drive was our most successful ever, exceeding our goal of 75,000 pounds, and enabling Our Daily Bread to feed an ever-increasing number of local residents who are dealing with unemployment and spiraling food costs. But 2012 has been a strain on our resources. Our goal this year of 85,000 pounds will enable us to be prepared for ongoing economic issues.

Bins for your donations will be available at the Chapel throughout the month of November. For additional information, email Diana Van Wagner or call her at 254-694-1372.

Mission of the Month, October 2011

Volunteers Sought for
Thanksgiving Food Bank Drive

Our Daily Bread, the Whitney area food bank, is currently helping more than 250 families (about 700 individuals) each month in Whitney, Blum and Aquilla. It provides canned and boxed food staples, fresh fruits and vegetables, toiletries and paper goods. This summer thirty new families a month applied for aid.

The food bank is run and staffed by volunteers who have been able to meet the needs in the community with donations from area churches, schools, businesses and individuals. Many of the volunteers are members of White Bluff Chapel, including the Food Bank Director, Garry Parvin.

Every November Our Daily Bread participates in the Food For Families food drive sponsored by KWTX, Channel 10 Waco, H E B, Boy Scouts of America and the Texas National Guard. Food and donations received in November count toward the food bank's set goal. On the Friday before Thanksgiving, drive-up donations are accepted at the Whitney Church of Christ, with live and taped spots airing on Channel 10 throughout the entire day. Each participating location keeps all the donations for their area. White Bluff Chapel volunteers are scheduled to work there from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

For additional information or to volunteer to help, please email Diana Van Wagner or call her at 694-1372.