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Riddell National Bank sponsors food drive

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Although Riddell National Bank has conducted drives for the Clay County Emergency Food Pantry in the past, this year's will be a little different.

The bank will sponsor a food drive for the pantry Friday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at its three Clay County locations, 1 E. National Ave., Brazil, 2211 E. National Ave., Brazil, and Main Street, Center Point, as well as its Terre Haute branch, 2129 S. State Road 46.

Compliance Officer Ann Gibson said this year's drive has an added twist to it.

Gibson said Friday will be a "Dress Down" day at the bank and she is encouraging other county businesses to join in helping those in need.

Gibson said those coming to the bank Friday may bring canned food items or other food items.

The items will be presented to the food pantry and those bringing in items will receive a "green" grocery bag while supplies last.

"We have collected money in the past for the Clay County Emergency Food Pantry," Gibson said, "but this is the first time we have opened it up to the public."

She added as residents face an economic lull, times are tough, making collecting items for the pantry more important.

"There are a lot more people having to use the food pantry," she said.

Clay County Emergency Food Pantry Director Ruth Haas echoed Gibson's sentiments, stating she has seen an increase in food pantry users in recent months.

Haas said the pantry, located at 506 E. Pinckley St., Brazil, is always in need of items.

"We always need dried goods," she said, referencing toilet paper, shampoo, bath soaps, dish soaps and laundry detergent.

Haas added the pantry is also in need of sugar, milk, Hamburger Helper and various canned items.

"This will be a tremendous help," she said.

Operational hours for the food pantry are 9 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday. Haas said the pantry is closed during weekend hours, but re-opens if officials receive emergency calls.

"We don't turn anyone down," she said.

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