Susan Musson, Director of the Wellington Food Bank, tells how her group helps those less fortunate in Wellington.
In the weeks leading up to the holidays, Susan Musson and her 7 employees are working hard to make sure people who need help are able to get it at the Wellington Food Bank, located at 311 S. Washington.
Susan has been doing this for twenty years now, carrying on the work her mother, Shirley, started once she founded the Wellington Food Bank back when it was just a used closet at the old fire station. Even though her mother passed away 7 1/2 years ago, Susan still is working hard, “putting her heart and soul into it,” and plans on keeping at it for as long as her health holds out.
To obtain assistance from the food bank, you must fall at or below the SRS income guidelines. You must have proof of residency in Wellington. The Wellington Food Bank does not cover all of Sumner County. You must also have your Social Security card.
Once you have qualified, you will be given enough food to last a week. Among the types of food you will receive are assorted meats, canned goods, breads, fruits and vegetables. Many of these items are donated by people and businesses such as Walmart, A client is allowed to come back for food every thirty days, but it allowed to return for other items ten times in a year.
Clients are also able to pick up personal care products, school supplies, and pet food. The only thing they cannot pick up are clothes, as there is simply no room for them.
Monetary donations are always accepted and appreciated. They are tax deductible.