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Food Shelf settled into new quarters

Hubbard County Food Shelf Director Dave Long stands in the new building on Pleasant Avenue, open now. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

The Hubbard County Food Shelf has new digs, moving into the facility on Pleasant Avenue last week, opening doors to clientele Monday.

And Hubbard's enlarged cupboard is well stocked.

The community has stepped up to the plate, surpassing last year's donations of food by 9,000 pounds and funds by $10,000 during the annual drive.

This comes at a time when the economy continues in the doldrums.

In the past, people have commented they donate because they were once recipients.

"Now former donors are the recipients," director Dave Long said.

Twenty-one families arrived opening day.

Last year, 26,000 pounds of food were donated during the drive and $60,000 in cash, $10,000 of which were federal funds.

This year 35,000 pounds of food were rounded up by students, churches, area organizations and individuals and $60,000 arrived in the form of cash donations. No federal funds were appropriated this year.

"I'm amazed at the generosity of the people in this area," Long said.

And the generosity is timely; upgrades at the new location are costing more than anticipated and the food shelf is purchasing two more walk-in freezers.

He attributes community generosity - spanning a 50-mile radius - to money being spent on food and "upkeep" only. No one receives a salary.