CONTINUING this year – providing food during this time of special need during the COVID-19 Pandemic!
Liberty Community Pantry continues as a Drive-Thru for now
Our pantry has continued to distribute food to families on the first Friday of each month since the beginning of the pandemic using a drive-through method. We set up and distribute with no more than 10 volunteers each of the two days that we work to prepare and distribute food. All of these volunteers work hard to get boxes of food ready and load the food in each family vehicle. The families coming for food have been so happy that we have been able to continue serving them throughout the recent months.
To use additional volunteers that miss being part of our monthly distribution, we have asked individuals to bake cookies, or create small gift items for our families. Everyone that is asked to help is so happy to serve and be part of this important outreach.
Monetary donations have continued each month from many individuals and we have received several grants through Second Harvest Food Bank. These funds make it possible for us to serve the increasing number of families coming for food.
In August, September and October, we served 90 families each month, and that represents over 260 individuals. We served 100 families in November. Many of these families are those that come regularly and depend on our pantry to help their families. Every month we see new families, including those from Liberty but also from surrounding areas. Second Harvest allows any person to be served, especially during these challenging times when household incomes have been stretched. We try to encourage those from other areas to seek a pantry in their local area, but some areas do not have a pantry that is close. This is a time when the entire community has to care for one another.
Pastor Shannon Trenton has been volunteering with us since her arrival in Liberty during our drive-by distribution. She greets each family in their vehicle and enjoys getting to know them. We love introducing our new Pastor to the community in this way as we work together.
If Trumbull County shows a downward trend in COVID cases, we hope to return to our inside distribution process, especially during the colder weather months ahead. We will continue to wear our masks, practice social distancing and keep our volunteer numbers smaller, but we will be able to invite more volunteers to come back and serve with us. The process has to be adjusted to keep the risk as low as possible for those that work at the pantry as well as the families coming for food.
We’ll be communicating with the Liberty Local Schools to see how the students might be able to continue to work with us during the school year. This too, will look different than the past process. So, please keep our Liberty Community Pantry in your prayers that we may all be well and be able to reach out and feed hungry people. It is such a blessing in so many ways!
- Sharon Wathen, Coordinator
DONATIONS ARE NEEDED EACH MONTH to purchase food from Second Harvest Food Bank. Cash or checks payable to Church Hill UMC may be donated at any time through our offering, just mark “Community Pantry” on the description.
God has led us to this ministry, and what a great blessing it is for volunteers and participants! Thank you, thank you, and Praise the Lord!