Reno County Food Bank sees increase in customers’ need for food

Most banks store money, but the Food Bank of Reno County is stocked with canned goods and pantry items instead. Particularly amid current rising economic costs, however, food is money. 

Penny Taapken, the director of the food bank for the last 18 years, said the need is increasing for services.

“We serve emergency food to those in need so that no one should go hungry,” she said.

Although the number of applicants changes with the seasons, they see “all different ages, races, cultural backgrounds.” 

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Shelves lined with canned goods at the Reno County Food Bank.

During the month of July, the food bank assisted 411 families, 51 of those were new cases. That means they handed out food to a staggering number of 1131 people total. 

The process to receive assistance is designed to be simple for individuals and families in their need. If persons are eligible, they will be able to receive a three-day supply of food every 60 days. Bags made specifically for the needs of those living in motels or homeless situations are also available.

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