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Volunteers distribute food to 116 Renovo area families

KEVIN RAUCH/THE EXPRESS Nearly two dozen volunteers showed up as part of the Good Neighbor Center Food Bank and helped 116 area households with food boxes to help them through the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

RENOVO — With the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines now reaching a month, much needed help came to 116 Renovo area households who received boxes of food to help feed their families and ease the pain of the crisis.

The Good Neighbor Center Foodbank operated by the Renovo Council of Churches held a drive- up style hand out, making sure that those receiving food never left their vehicles, but simply pulled up and received a box of food. Each box was an abundant supply of all types of food, ranging in size according to how many people live in each household.

An impressive supply chain was formed from the tables of packed food, out the door, up and down the steps, right up to the curbside service.

Masks and gloves were worn by those handling the food and particularly the vehicles’ trunks and doors as the cars were loaded up.

The volunteers handing out the food were over a dozen strong, who worked non-stop for over two hours until all cars had received their package.

KEVIN RAUCH/THE EXPRESS Vince Tarantella was among volunteers who loaded vehicles with boxes of food.

Typical of those doing such an act of selfishness,it didn’t matter which volunteer you talked to – they all passed the praise along to someone else, even though every one of them proved a valuable member of the community, not just on this day, but in the weeks leading up to the donation day.

“Our leaders are so organized, Barb Allen does the ordering and Annie Scrimshaw is in charge of stocking the pantry and making up the menus. They do a phenonmenal job,” volunteer Nora Jesberger said, noting that everyone’s time proved to make the day a great success.

Jesberger’s praise of others continued.

“Renovo Police Officer Victor Foley did a fantastic job controlling the traffic. The cars and trucks lined up and organized on three different streets,” she said of Foley.

Dominion Energy provides manual help from a few employees once a month to help unload the food truck, she said.

Nora joked that the crew at the Good Neighbor Center “is getting older.” The group is made up of almost all retirees, she said. Despite their age, steps and heavy boxes of food proved no match for those so dedicated to the event.

“I’ll bet about 20 cars were really sincere and thankful in expressing their gratitude. That truly does make what we were doing more than worth it,” Jesberger summed up.

The Good Neighbor Center Food Bank holds their food distribution once a month and will continue to adapt to whatever the COVID-19 brings.

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