2011-09-08 / Local & State

Funeral Home Donates To Food Basket

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER


Rodger Cornelius, left, of Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home in Chambersburg, made a generous donation of beef to the Fulton County Food Basket last week. On hand to receive the donation for the agency, which serves around 330 individuals on a monthly basis, were Food Basket Board of Directors President Harry Garland and and Food Basket representative Cassie Wilford. Rodger Cornelius, left, of Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home in Chambersburg, made a generous donation of beef to the Fulton County Food Basket last week. On hand to receive the donation for the agency, which serves around 330 individuals on a monthly basis, were Food Basket Board of Directors President Harry Garland and and Food Basket representative Cassie Wilford. Rodger Cornelius of the Chambersburg based Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home met with Fulton County Food Basket officials last Thursday morning to donate some much-appreciated beef to the nonprofit organization that lends support to local low-income families, elderly and individuals who are unemployed or underemployed.

On hand to receive the generous donation were Harry Lee Garland, president of the Food Basket’s Board of Directors, and Cassie Wilford, head of the organization’s Nutrition Education Program. According to Wilford, “We really appreciate this donation. It will do a lot to feed the hungry in Fulton County. Without the support of this community and local agencies, we could not do what we do.”

Seeing an increase in clientele in recent years, Wilford shared with the “News” that the Food Basket serves on average 330 individuals on a monthly basis. The number represents a 24 percent increase in clients served over the last several years.

In addition to the meat donation from Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, the Food Basket also receives donations from local stores and various organizations, including Giant, McLaughlin’s Drug Store, Sheetz, Tri-State Community Health, the Central Fulton School District and area churches.

Wilford noted the Food Basket is also affiliated with the Temporary Emergency Family Assistance Program (TEFAP) as well as USDA, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and the state Food Purchase.

Monetary donations are typically used to purchase food at a rate of 18 cents per pound or approximately five pounds for $1 through the Central PA Food Bank, she added.

Individuals receiving services through the Food Basket are also urged to participate in their gardening program or to learn firsthand through the Nutrition Education Program on how to get the most out of their food dollars.

“We also refer our clients to other human service organizations which help the family beyond emergency food assistance,” Wilford concluded.

Any residents or organizations wishing to make a contribution to the Fulton County Food Basket or wanting to learn more about its variety of services are urged to call 717-485-5688.

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