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By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

Keizer Community Food Bank is looking for ways to get more grant dollars, helping to meet their mission of feeding the hungry.

Donations to KCFB have always been tax-deductible, but their roots as an outreach arm of John Knox Presbyterian Church can sometimes complicate grant efforts. So they’re looking to become their own 501(c)(3) organization, but they need about $1,000 to complete the process.

“The church has been very supportive, and we have their blessing to move on,” said Rev. Curt McCormack, director of the food bank. They’re hoping to reach their fundraising goal by the end of July.

Now housed in Faith Lutheran Church, the food bank has grown from its start at John Knox to an effort of six Keizer churches, with a client list that seems to be constantly growing. Becoming an independent organization will streamline the group’s finances while relieving the church of paperwork that often merely duplicates that of the food bank, McCormack said.

“(The arrangement) is not broke, but we’re at the point where we’ve come of age,” McCormack said.

Donations to the initial incorporation effort are still tax-deductible and can be dropped off at the Keizertimes office, ACE Hardware, Uptown Music, Faith Lutheran Church or John Knox Presbyterian.