Fundraiser to help food bank serve growing client list

By Scott Costen

The Queens County Food Bank will hold a yard sale fundraiser the next two weekends to help it serve an increasing client load.

“For the month of January, we had 215 families, which was over 500 people,” said Charlotte White, chair of the Liverpool-based volunteer organization. “Two years ago it was about 140 families.”

Queens County Food Bank chair Charlotte White. (Photo: Queens Observer)

The food bank is currently located in the former Mount Pleasant School at 108 College St. but will soon be moving. The yard sale will take place at its future location — 344 Main St. beside Guy’s Frenchys — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 15, 16, 22 and 23.

“We can’t wait (to move). It’s going to be much better for our clients,” White said. “It’s all one level and it’s wheelchair accessible. I’ll have an office and hopefully I’ll be able to meet with clients privately and address any problems they may have.”

The food bank’s future home, 344 Main St. beside Guy’s Frenchys, is the site of the yard sale fundraiser. (Photo: Queens Observer)

The food bank isn’t looking for any more donations for the yard sale, White said. “We have a room full of donated items. We’re looking for buyers.”

Clothing, dishes, furniture, hand-knitted winter wear and other items will be on sale. So too will unsold merchandise from the former Shiretown Discount Emporium, a gift certificate for a power of attorney from Folk Law and a signed print by Labrador Inuit artist Jason Shiwak.

“We hope the community will come out and support us,” White said.

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