WAKE FOREST — Tri-Area Ministry, the food bank serving Wake Forest, Rolesville and Youngsville communities, has increased its drop off and distribution hours. As a result the organization is in need of additional volunteers.
Tri-Area will be open Saturday, Dec. 3, 9-11 a.m. to receive much needed donations for the holidays.
“We are open on Saturday because we have heard loud and clear from the community that our operating hours of Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 are too restrictive for many potential donors,” volunteer Ellen Killberg said. “We are in desperate need of cereal, pancake mix and canned meats. As always, we need canned fruits, vegetables and all other non-perishables.”
Just as important, Tri-Area Ministry will be open for clients on Saturday, Dec. 17, also 9-11 a.m. The ministry board is taking this action to open one Saturday because the current operating hours do not service the working poor who cannot get to the facility during the week. They will also be receiving donations on that day. “This is a huge step for Tri-Area Ministry and requires a big increase in the need for volunteers,” Killberg noted. “We are hoping to be able to be open one Saturday each month starting in January, but need to get the word out about the change and also get new volunteers who could make this happen.”
They report hearing from many locals working at low-paying jobs who need the food bank’s services but can’t miss work, she said.
“We helped over 2,000 individuals and 700 households last month — imagine what we can do if we are able to reach these hard-working but underserved neighbors,” she added.
Tri-Area Ministry is located at 149 E. Holding Ave.