Banks County Family Connection will sponsor six mobile food pantries this year. Details were given at the recent board meeting.
Some 10,000 pounds of food will be passed out at each event. The tentative dates are April 28, May 26, June 30, July 28, September 22 and October 20.
In other business at the recent Family Connection meeting:
•Christy Hill, Ninth District Opportunity, reported on several events coming up. Commodity Food will be available for Banks County residents only on Tuesday, March 24, at the American Legion Hall. Volunteers are needed to help bag the food on Monday, March 23, beginning at 8 a.m. Heating assistance is available for Banks County residents, appointments can be made by calling 706-677-3921. Applicants will need to provide a Social Security card and proof of monthly income for everyone in the household, a copy of the most recent heating bill and proof of income for the most recent four-week period.
•Christy Breedlove, The Tree House, announced the 11th annual Tree House live and silent auction and dinner, “A Night of Hope for Children,” set for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Winder Community Center. For ticket information, call 770-868-1900 or e-mail Courtney@thetreehouse.org. The event will feature a $10,000 cash prize give-away.
•Rita Bush, Banks County Middle School counselor, announced the annual BCMS Career Fair set for Wednesday, May 13. Businesses are encouraged to come out and set up a booth to show the students different jobs available.
•Director Robin Trotter said Banks County Family Connection has changed from a quasi-governmental agency to a legislative authority. The new board members are: Gene Hart, chairman; Clyde McArthur, vice chairman; Sharon Clark, secretary; David Carithers; Rita Bush and Wayne Augustus.
•Trotter said the annual “Safety for our Children” event will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, in the park in downtown Homer. Hot dogs and drinks will be served.
•Trotter said Banks County Community Resource Association, Inc., is working on its 501c3 application. The association plans to open a thrift store. Money raised will be used to provide funds for people who cannot afford to pay to ride on the Banks County Transit vehicles. The thrift store will be staffed by volunteers and donations are being sought. Donations will be tax deductible. The board for the association consists of: Pat Westmoreland, president; David Carithers, vice president; Amelia Mischner; Judy Harper; Kay Reece and Kitty Griffin.
•Carole Wood, Banks County Transit, said the transit vans made a total of 270 trips in January. The state asks us to make 500 trips per month, Wood said. “We encourage people to use the transit service,” Wood added.
•Trotter announced the pinto bean supper set for 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at the Banks County Senior Center. The price is $6 per place. Dine in and carry out will be available. The event is sponsored by Banks County Family Connection and all proceeds and donations will go to public transportation for Banks County, Trotter said.
The next regularly scheduled meeting for Banks County Family Connection is set for 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, at the Banks County Recreation Department, Thompson Street, Homer.