OSAGE | It was another year of increased usage at the Mitchell County Food Bank, according to food bank manager Leo Chisholm.

In 2013, the food bank provided food to 2,597 people from around Mitchell County.

“The food bank had many first time users,” said Chisholm. “I believe many found it hard to make their money stretch without the food bank.”

The Mitchell County Food Bank was started in 19895 by Chisholm and LaVern Hemann, with the purpose of providing food for people in need.

Since its inception, the food bank has provided food to 30,054 which equates to approximately 901,080 meals.

This year, three new members joined the food bank’s board of directors.

Those joining were Carol Doane, Little Cedar; Ruth Wetherell, Orchard and Pastor Bryan Lagerstam, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, representing the Osage Ministerial Association.

The food bank is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m. and is staffed by volunteers.

“The food bank again received tremendous support and help from all the churches, schools, many organizations as well as individuals, all too numerous to mention,” said Chisholm.

Chisholm said the food bank requires approximately $75-$85,000 a year to purchase food.

“All of the food is purchased in Mitchell County,” said Chisholm. “We also purchase food from the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo.

“Having just gone through the holidays, the food bank is in need of money,” said Chisholm.

If anyone would like to donate money to the food bank, donations can be send to the Mitchell County Food Bank, Leo Chisholm, 5 Presidential Court, Osage, Iowa, 50461 or to Yvonne Tourtellot at Home Trust Savings Bank, Osage, Iowa, 50461.

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