Two dollars may not seem like much, but in the right hands, it can make a big impact. In Guthrie, those hands are new operations manager Latasha Timberlake and the team at God’s Food Bank.
God’s Food Bank hasn’t closed during the pandemic. They did modify their hours and were only open one day per week versus two days, but they were still able to serve individuals and families in need. With the restrictions, they bagged items for the clients and loaded the groceries in their trunk rather than letting people come in to shop, but on June 3 they were able to open two days a week again, Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“We are only serving six clients at a time, but it moves quickly. We are asking clients COVID questions like if they’ve been in contact with anyone who has had it, if they’ve had a temperature over 100, if they have had a loss of taste or smell, and we also take their temperature,” explained Timberlake. “We are still taking new clients, but we now take all of the information through the computer rather than by paperwork.”
Pre COVID they served over 700 clients per week. That has dropped to 400-450 per week; however, Timberlake has seen an influx in single people who have lost their jobs or been furloughed.
It is still important for individuals who can donate even a small amount to do so. Donations don’t always have to be given in large amounts.
Smaller amounts each month help and can be made through their website at www. godsfoodbank.org.
“With a $2 contribution, we can feed a family of four, sometimes even two families. Right now we’re not taking canned donations from home, so as little as $2 really helps,” said Timberlake.
Timberlake plans to start a garden in the future where clients can come pick fresh produce. She hopes that will happen next spring.
God’s Food Bank always needs volunteers as well for everything they do. Interested people can visit with Timberlake or her team by calling 405-260-1412, or email@example.com. They are located at 402 W. Vilas Ave. in Guthrie.