LOCK HAVEN - The SHARE food co-op program will no longer deliver to the region. This means there can be no more service to local participants.
According to longtime volunteer Nan Karichner, the non-profit SHARE administration in Philadelphia has dropped Williamsport and Clinton County. The decision is reportedly due to the high cost of transportation and the low numbers of local customers.
Over the many years of its existence, SHARE offered a variety of food packages, from the basic value package to fruit to "Farm Fresh" to holiday meal packages, at approximately half the cost of grocery chain store prices. Customers also could order a variety of single items from a large menu.
SHARE, Self-Help And Resource Exchange Food Program of Pennsylvania, also provided recipes and nutrition tips and urged all participants to volunteer in the community.
Open to everyone regardless of income, its local slogan was "If you eat, you qualify."
Dedicated volunteers in Clinton County conducted the monthly sign-ups and pick-ups. They also took it upon themselves to serve people at senior housing complexes.
SHARE was available at sites throughout Clinton County at one time, including Renovo and Loganton. Its popularity, however, had already begun to wane when the similar programs called Angel Food Ministry started to spring up at area churches.
"We would like to thank all for your support in the past and wish you all the best," Karichner said. "Special thanks to Bald Eagle Township and Lock Haven East Main Street United Methodist Church for the use of their buildings in the past years and to ALL volunteers who so willingly gave of their time."