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Alameda Food Bank needs your help

Submitted by on 1, September 18, 2008 – 10:45 amNo Comment

Paul Russell’s business is up 25 percent over last year, he figures. And in his business, that’s not good.

Russell runs the Alameda Food Bank out of a triple-wide trailer on Thau Way (you’ve probably seen it on your way to the Tube). Over the last few years, the food bank has served roughly 3,300 Alamedans by providing them with grocery bags of food. But over the past 12 months, that number jumped to about 4,100.

Even though donations to the food bank have increased, they haven’t kept pace with demand.

“The amount of food is steadily going down right now,” Russell said during an interview last week. “Either we will need to start purchasing more food through wholesale outlets, or we’ll have to start re-examining programs.”

Wanna help? The food bank has barrels around the community, including at Crosstown Coffeehouse, the Alameda Marketplace, Alameda Power & Telecom and Color Me Mine (at Alameda Towne Centre), where you can drop food donations. The food bank will also accept cash donations, which allow them to purchase a lot more food, which can be sent online or through the mail to Alameda Food Bank, P.O. Box 2167, Alameda, CA 94501.

Right now, Russell – whose organization operates out of its trailer six days a week and is run by two paid staff and more than 100 volunteers – is getting ready to make his holiday appeal. He’s hoping to have 500 turkeys for Thanksgiving day (they’re about $10 a piece). So far, they’ve got 37.

You can also buy tickets to the Alameda Association of Realtors’ Funky Formal on October 4. This year, proceeds from the event will benefit the food bank.

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