After paying a visit late last week to The Guilford Food Bank, Barbara Hammarlund, Assessor's Aide at the Town Hall, discovered something: The shelves were practically bare. She quickly decided that something had to be done.
As a result of her discovery and Town Hall's support of the Guilford Food Bank, a permanent box for donations for the Food Bank will now be placed outside of the Assessor's Office in the main Town Hall.
"After seeing the empty shelves, we had to take action," Hammarlund told Guilford Patch. "So, we're going to have a permanent box set up for collections of non-perishables right here at Town Hall, and we'll make a trip over once a week to bring the goods right to the Food Bank."
Nonperishable donations will be accepted, as well as toiletries, like toothbrushes and shampoo. A secure container for monetary donations will also be available.
"Other really helpful donations include baby food, things like jello and pudding," said Hammarlund. "Also, quite a few folks have dietary restrictions, like those who are diabetic or allergic to gluten, so food that accommodates those needs are also very valuable. And of course, don't forget the pets!"
Hammarlund is optimistic that this new collection location will bring in a high volume of contributions. "We're hoping this central location will help make it easier for people to donate," she said. "Lots of folks come to Town Hall for business purposes, for taxes, and a variety of other reasons, so the box will be in a visible, accessible spot."
Additionally, the annual Giving Tree is now set up in Town Hall. Gift cards are being requested for the family, and the tags on the tree will designate which store cards are needed. Donations will be accepted until December 12th.
"With budgets cut and the economy struggling, it's up to us to pitch in and help," concludes Hammarlund. "We have to try and do what we can. Anyone can come up with an idea, and put an opportunity out there, but it takes all of us to make a difference."