Food bank taking donations through Dec. 16

Published 6:38 pm Monday, November 21, 2011

The Chilton County Emergency Assistance Center is currently accepting donations for its largest annual food drive of the year.

Executive Director Terry Collier said the drive will probably unofficially last through Dec. 16.

“We don’t etch it in stone,” Collier said about the donation deadline. “We just need the food. They can donate anytime.”

The food bank will be open until Dec. 22, after which it will be closed for inventory until Jan. 3.

Clothing donations will be accepted for the center’s thrift store as well.

“We’ve been here about 28 years, and a lot of people don’t know about the store,” Collier said. “The clothing is just exactly what’s in the store. It’s good stuff.”

The average sale is about $4, and if customers cannot find their sizes, the store will make sure to have those sizes the next month.

“We’re not here to make money or compete with any other stores,” Collier said. “We’re interested in providing a low-cost shop for people that are needy, but anybody can come to the store. We don’t turn anybody away.”

Collier said the Emergency Assistance Center needs volunteers to help in the warehouse and food pantry. Volunteers must be able to lift loads up to 50 pounds.

Anyone wanting to volunteer or make a donation can stop by the center on weekdays between 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Food donations should be non-perishable items such as canned soup or packaged ramen noodles.

Monetary donations may be dropped off at the center or mailed to P.O. Box 1305, Clanton, 35046.

“Anything will be appreciated,” Collier said. “We’re just here to serve. We cater toward the needs of others.”

For more information, call (205) 755-9467.