Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Johnson County

October 3, 2011

Cleburne pantry receives grant

The House of Prayer Food Pantry in Cleburne has been awarded a $1,100 Capacity Building Grant by Tarrant Area Food Bank toward the purchase of a freezer and a laptop computer.

The award was accepted by David Cole at the recent Partner Agency Conference organized by Tarrant Area Food Bank.

The freezer will expand the pantry’s capacity to handle the increasing amount of frozen meats, vegetables, fruits, pasta, sauces, baked goods and other foods that are becoming the normal kind of food available from Tarrant Area Food Bank.

According to Bo Soderbergh, executive director of the Food Bank, temperature-sensitive fresh and frozen foods are rapidly replacing canned and boxed goods in grocery stores and in the donations from the food industry to regional food banks.

The House of Prayer Food Pantry was one of 10 Tarrant Area Food Bank partners in six counties to receive a Capacity Building Grant. A total of $20,000 was awarded for the Food Bank partners to purchase equipment, information technology or services.

The Tarrant Area Food Bank Capacity Building Grants provide targeted support for organizational development to increase agencies’ abilities to create, deliver, expand, evaluate and modify effective services, according to Lori Pope, agency relations manager.

According to Kay Dillard, director of programs at Tarrant Area Food Bank, 42 partner agencies seeking to expand their capacities to serve clients submitted requests that totaled $40,000. The Food Bank had $20,000 it could distribute.

Tarrant Area Food Bank depends on 300 hunger-relief charities in 13 counties to distribute emergency groceries and provide meals and snacks to community members in need.

For information about the Food Bank and its network of partner agencies, visit www.tafb.org or call 817-332-9177.

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