Food bank to hold ribbon cutting

Published 1:31 pm Thursday, January 18, 2018

A food bank in Cumberland County that recently had been approved for a permanent location on 1550 Anderson Highway will hold a ribbon cutting Jan. 26.

The community open house will take place from 2-4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony taking place at 2:30 p.m. Doris Seal with Cumberland Community Cares (CCC), which worked to set the permanent food bank location, said light refreshments will be provided.

Seal said in a release Wednesday that the CCC has been approved by FeedMore, a nonprofit organization based in Richmond, and said in an earlier Herald report that the CCC has received its own nonprofit status in November.

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Seal said the new name behind the food bank is meant to honor a member of the Cumberland community who has made an impact to help those in need.

“Cumberland Community Cares is dedicating the new food pantry program to Delma Branch, a long-time community organizer who was committed to bringing nutritious food for wholesome meals to the residents of Cumberland County,” Seal said in the release.

Seal said the community open house and ribbon cutting will be in honor of the “long-time efforts of Delma Branch and many other community members.”

“Delma’s Pantry is a community based food pantry program for Cumberland County residents,” Seal said. “The pantry will be distributing free food to registered eligible community members on the 1st and 4th Saturdays of each month from 8:30-10:30 a.m.”

Members of the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the food bank location during their November meeting. The food bank is located adjacent to the Cumberland Cooperative Extension and at the former location of the Cumberland County Department of Social Services.