Originally created 10/07/01

Food bank sees drop in donations



Each of us has experienced the impact of terrorism on some personal level. Golden Harvest Food Bank depends on the community so much, and it has been good to us.

Golden Harvest has a mutual assistance agreement with the national network of food banks called America's Second Harvest and has offered to send our own team members to support disaster relief in the New York area.

The food banks have put out a call for administrative personnel, volunteer administrators, warehouse managers, logistics and transportation managers and warehouse workers.

Also, the food industry has collectively provided approximately 2 million pounds of extra food and supplies that have moved quickly through America's Second Harvest Food Bank network to the relief workers and volunteers in New York City.

Back to our community: Before these dreadful events took place, Golden Harvest Food Bank was already straining to meet food demands of the hungry needy in our own area.

Throughout the 25 counties we serve in the Aiken-Augusta region, the Food Bank hasn't stopped shipping badly needed food supplies - day in and day out. Yet even before the terrible events of Sept. 11, Golden Harvest was experiencing a drop in contributions. While we owe a debt to all who have kept us in the fight against hunger, we must appeal for greater support ...

Thanks to everyone who, for the last 20 years, has helped us fight the other sinister, hidden domestic enemy - hunger - right here at home.

Michael J. Firmin, Augusta

(Editor's note: The writer is the executive director the Golden Harvest Food Banks in the CSRA.)