By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
The Keizer Community Food Bank has been dangerously low on supplies, making it harder for organizers to help community members in need.
Now, the food bank has gotten help.
Rev. Curt McCormack, director of the food bank, saw how bare shelves were last week, when several families got reduced baskets. On Dec. 17, he got an e-mail that changed things.
“We got a Lutheran Community Economic Outreach Bridge grant,” McCormack said. “The grant is for $5,000 and we’ve been challenged that whatever we raise between Dec. 17 and the end of March, they will give us $.50 on the dollar. It’s really a coup for us. We’re having to buy more and more food to keep up with the need. That’s going to be a big boost for us.”
The grant from the Lutheran Thrivent Foundation couldn’t have been announced at a better time. McCormack said 60 families were served last Thursday, Dec. 20 at the food bank, located at Faith Lutheran Church at 4505 River Road North.
“The last few families got reduced boxes,” he said. “People are happy to get whatever they can get. They’re grateful in that regard. We told them they can come back next week and get a full box.”
McCormack said he got information about the Lutheran Thrivent Foundation after participating in a Marion-Polk Food Share food drive in October.
“I had no idea if they had even gotten the application,” McCormack said. “Then last Monday I got the e-mail we had gotten the grant. I was shocked, literally shocked. I thought we might get $500 to $1,000 if they were generous and if we were lucky. I completely had put it out of my mind. This is a great Christmas gift for the food bank.”
The e-mail came just a few days after the food bank received a $1,000 check from City of Keizer staff.
“That was a big surprise for us,” McCormack said. “We’re very grateful for city staff being willing to designate that gift to us. That’s a big chunk to us.”
McCormack said that’s merely the latest example of generosity locally.
“The Keizer community has been very gracious to us and we thank them for their continued support,” McCormack said.