Nearly 100 people attended the Ashland Emergency Food Bank's first annual open house on Saturday.

Nearly 100 people attended the Ashland Emergency Food Bank's first annual open house on Saturday. This year's open house was a celebration of those who have helped the food bank feed the hungry. Church member volunteers, community volunteers and donors were on hand to tour the food bank and enjoy homemade sweet breads and cider.

Receiving special recognition was Paul Giancarlo, co-founder of the Ashland Food Project. The Ashland Food Project has collected more than 20,000 pounds of food for AEFB in their neighbor-helping-neighbor food collection project. Also receiving special honors were Diane Pace and Bill Swartz of Thee Olde Bagley Orchard. Diane and Paul rented fruit trees for the food bank and donated over 3,000 pounds of fruit through the summer and fall. Money from the rental of trees also was donated to the food bank.

Special recognition was given to Kevin Geyer, manager of The Dollar Store in Ashland. Kevin and his staff have conducted a number of food drives, asking customers to donate a dollar's worth of food. The donations this year have exceeded 5,000 pounds of food.

The Ashland Emergency Food Bank is located at 2200 Ashland St. and is open Monday through Friday and the first Saturday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Recipients must be residents of Ashland or Talent to receive an emergency supply of food. The phone number is 488-9544.