• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Food pantry continues serving hungry with drive-thru

The Food Pantry for Woodford County will continue to feed the hungry using a “drive-thru method” in order to protect its volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Executive Director Sharon Hardin told the Sun Monday morning. Only regular volunteers – or its operational staff – are now working, Hardin said. “Our plans are to stay open until one of us gets sick, and then if one of us gets sick we’re going to close everything,” she explained. Volunteers from churches and clients will not be allowed in the food pantry building, according to Hardin. Her regular volunteers, who are wearing protective gloves and using sanitizing solutions, are pre-selecting food items (based on family size) for clients, she said. “We know that the middle of the month is not a good time for any of our clients to be doing without,” said Hardin. “Their limited income goes very quickly when they do get it especially for those who are paying rent … That’s the first thing that comes out of their check and then whatever’s left over is what they have for food. “So we know that there’s still a need and we want to serve that need as long as we are safe and healthy,” said Hardin. Any new clients applying for help at the food pantry will also use the drive-thru method. They will provide all required paperwork to a volunteer, who will make copies inside the building and then give them back their paperwork so clients do not have to leave their vehicles, Hardin said. One volunteer will be directing traffic and another will be bringing the food box to the client’s vehicle near the food pantry’s main entrance, she said. “We’re putting everything into their trunk. We don’t open up any car doors,” said Hardin. She said the food pantry served 15 families last Thursday, March 12, using the drive-thru method, which she described as “a good average for a day.” The Food Pantry for Woodford County is open Mondays, from 5 to 7 p.m., and Thursday, from 1 to 4 p.m.

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