Donated food gets visitors free admission
By Marilyn Forbes
Published: Saturday, July 27, 2013, 1:31 a.m.
Combining the love of the fair while recognizing the needs of many in the area, the Fayette County Fair will again be offering Food Bank Day at the Fair.
The event will be held on Tuesday at the fairgrounds in Dunbar Township. Anyone who brings three items of nonperishable food to the entry gates will be given free admission to the fair between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
“We like being able to do this for the food bank,” said Bill Jackson, Fayette County Fair Board president. “We've been doing it for several years now.”
The donations will be given to Fayette County Community Action Agency, which hosts the food bank. Agency officials said the annual drive is much appreciated.
“Food drives are always helpful to the food bank,” said Jamie Brink, FCCAA Food Bank project manager. “With the decrease in funding, it can be a struggle to purchase necessary items for the monthly food boxes. With the economy being the way it is, food drives and donations are down. Donations are important because they help supplement the items in the monthly food boxes and help support food bank programs, like the Weekend Snack Pack Program.”
More than 2,500 households visit the Fayette food bank, and drives like the one sponsored at the fair go a long way to help supplement programs, Brink said.
“The need for assistance from the food bank usually decreases in summer months and then increases again in the fall,” she added. “However, numbers have remained consistent, and we have seen an increase in people needing assistance from the food bank.”
Brink asks that any produce growers in the area who have an excess supply of home-grown produce please consider the local food banks. “We encourage local farmers or backyard growers who have an excess of produce or fruits to donate to the food bank,” Brink said. “We would be grateful and happy to distribute locally grown products to people in Fayette County.”
The food bank asks that no glass containers be brought.
“The FCCAA Food Bank would like to thank Bill Jackson and the Fayette County Fair Board for allowing us to benefit from Food Bank Day at the Fair,” Brink said.
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.
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