Keller Citizen

Keller’s Community Storehouse in need of donations

It’s a slower time of the year for food banks, and the Community Storehouse in Keller is in need of donations.

"Donations have the tendency to slack off at the end of the summer," said Rie Crowley, the organization’s financial assistant. "We’re in-between times."

Donations tend to rise as Thanksgiving approaches, but the organization hopes to raise its stock levels as quickly as possible. During the holiday season, the Community Storehouse distributes traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas meals at events to about 1,000 families at each event, said Jill LeBaron, marking representative.

The organization’s food pantry is out or low on canned items such as tuna, fruit, pork and beans and pasta, as well as ramen noodles and jellies and jams.

The needs are similar at the Tarrant Area Food Bank, said Andrea Helms, the food bank’s director of communications.

"At this time, we need meat," Helms said, also listing canned vegetables and soups, dry groceries such as flour, salt, sugar, rice, pasta, cereal, peanut butter and meal helpers.

Food, however, isn’t the only donation the Community Storehouse is looking for.

"Furniture donations are low," Crowley said.

LeBaron said the the group is seeking hygiene products and clothing, as well as gently used or new books to give to children.

"It’s an important way to build libraries at home," she said.

The Keller Public Library will host its 27th Annual Harvest Stew from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 17; admission is one canned good per person, which will either go to the stew or to the Community Storehouse.