Britt Area Food Bank benefits from donors

Britt Area Food Bank benefits from donors

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The Britt Area Food Bank, formerly located at the Britt Hospitality Room, has made it through the first holiday season at its new location at 195 Second St. S.W., inside Britt Zion Church of the Nazarene.

“We have been at this location since early September,” said Bill Friedow, who has managed the food bank for 12 years. “The building we were in was up for sale, and our future there was uncertain, so when we had an offer from the church, we accepted and made the move.”

Britt food bank photo

Bill Friedow is the director of the Britt Area Food Bank, which moved in September to its new location at 195 Second St. S.W. He is shown here in 2017 at the food bank's old location. 

Britt Area Food Bank serves around 60 area families per month, and according to Friedow, the community has been supportive.

“Going into the New Year, we are pretty well equipped with supplies. Donations have been very good this year - both monetary and food items," he said. "People have been generous, so were off to a good start for the year.”

He reminded people, however, that the need increases as the year goes on and that toiletries are needed alongside food.

Friedow says he finds it satisfying to be able to help people.

“I enjoy helping put food on tables of families in Hancock County. We have many people that tell us that they depend on us. I also have a group of volunteers that I find enjoyable working with.”

Britt Area Food Bank is run with the help of volunteers from eight area churches.

Hours of operation are 1-4 p.m. on Mondays, weather permitting. Friedow can be contacted at 641-843-3064.

Jesusa Christians is the Community Editor of the Forest City/Britt Summit-Tribune.

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