By Garrett Estrada
Ely Times Staff Writer
A new community food bank will open at 8 a.m. on May 13 at the Calvary Assembly of God church. The non-profit organization finalized all of it’s months of meetings and paperwork and is ready to begin giving non-perishable meals to those in need.
As the leader of the five-person committee that made this new community food bank possible, Tammy Pesch said that is completely open to the public, including all residents of White Pine County. Pesch as well as the members of the food bank’s committee and volunteers will be on hand at the church to hand out food starting on Tuesday, and will do so again on Thursday and Saturday. The plan is to distribute the food three days a week on the second and fourth week of each month.
The food bank’s secretary Cody Dishong said that it can be hard for some who have financial struggles to come out and accept assistance, but that theyre not looked down upon and instead are “welcomed.”
“We’ve all needed help before,” Dishong said. “It is such a relief when you realize that there are people out there that care about you and want to help you get through whatever rough patch you might be going through.”
The idea began back in January, when several members of the Calvary Assembly church began discussing the “responsibility” of the church to give back to the community as Justin Crosby, the treasurer for the new food bank and drummer for the church, put it.
The result of the conversations ended up being a committee to form a food bank and started holding meetings in February. Since then, the group has just finished passing all the qualifications to partner with the Northern Nevada Food Bank, a Feeding America program, to receive “hundreds of dollars worth of food” to distribute each month.
“My family was unemployed for a time and we were trying to figure where we could go to get help. Just being able to fill that need and to let people know about this well enough and that the assistance is there is our responsibility because we now have the ability to do so,” Crosby said.
Though the new food bank is run by church members out of the church, Crosby stressed that anyone and everyone is welcome to come and that they do not have to affiliate with the church or any church to receive the food. All that is required is an initial and a number for the amount of people the food will feed so they can better estimate demand for their next order.
“We want people to be comfortable,” Dishong said.
The new food bank is not the only one to operate out of Ely. The RSVP food bank run out of the First Baptist Church of Ely has already proven to be a success.
The community food bank is currently looking for more volunteers to help hand out food on any of there three days. Those looking to pick up food or help distribute it can receive more information from the Calvary Assembly of God church at 700 Avenue M. The food bank will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.