The Glade Valley Food Bank celebrated 25 years with an open house on September 20 at the Food Bank. Volunteers and community members gathered to honor Peg and Orley Bourland and Gloria Werking,
members of the organizing committee in 1990, who were present at the Open House. Peg, Orley, and
Gloria managed the Food Bank for many years. A plaque was presented to the Town of Walkersville in
grateful appreciation for 25 years hosting and supporting the Food Bank. Chad Weddle, newly elected
Burgess, accepted the plaque on behalf of the town. The Town of Walkersville provides the space for
the Food Bank in the lower level of the town hall.
The Glade Valley Food Bank was organized by a group of concerned Walkersville area residents in the spring and summer of 1990. It opened its doors to those who were in need of food in August, 1990, in its present
location. Originally sponsored by the Walkersville Council of Churches and the Frederick County Religious Coalition for the Relief of Emergency Human Needs, the Glade Valley Food Bank is now operated by Glade Valley Community Services, an umbrella nonprofit organization which sponsors a number of local programs.
The Food Bank is operated entirely by donations and volunteers including co-managers Donna Swanson and Brenda Haines. Local churches, schools, civic organizations, businesses, and many individuals support the Food Bank with their generous donations of food, money and many hours of volunteer time. About 180 families are served each month.