Connections 4 Life food pantry offers drive-thru pick-up; young volunteers wanted
Last updated 3/25/2020 at 11:33am
Connections 4 Life Center has a food pantry that is stocked and open for business during regular hours with some important changes. Food distribution will be through a drive-up line only. No one will be allowed into the building.
During last week’s first drive-through event, the food pantry served more than 100 families.
Premade boxes include milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables. Staff ask that guests be patient as they work diligently to move everyone through the line as quickly as possible. Staff onsite will give further directions.
“We have taken every precaution and made every effort to make sure that our facility is cleaned and disinfected,” a spokesperson said. “All volunteers will handle every box with the utmost care and precaution. We will continue in this manner until further notice.”
In the meantime, C4L is asking for volunteers to assist during this unusual time. Healthy young people looking for ways to stay busy are ideal candidates, staff said.
Most of C4L’s regular volunteers are senior citizens who are considered at-risk for illnesses such as the coronavirus. Organizers want to give these regulars a break and are asking healthy individuals to stand in their place for a while. A couple of hours a week is all that is required.
“We practice and enforce safe food handling and social distancing protocols, and clients are served food boxes at a drive-up position to minimize exposure,” a staff member said.
Applications with health screening are available online at http://www.connections4lifecenter.org.
Hours are Thursdays, noon-8 p.m. (can be four-hour shifts), and every other Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.