“Thursday’s (March 19) Food Pantry was remarkable,” said Nancy Bennett, volunteer and treasurer for the Christian Outreach Alliance Food Pantry, located on J.L. Chestnut Avenue.
“We had nine volunteers, mostly Morgan Academy students, a UA freshman student and two others that truly helped us,” Bennett said.
She said the volunteers provided written permission slips signed by their parents. And she said there were also four regular Thursday volunteers present. Bennett said that more than 375 bags were distributed, and the bag room looks like “a plucked chicken.”
Bennett said the Christian Outreach Alliance Food Pantry is beginning to explore ways to serve in April and is keeping updated on new USDA guidelines.
She said, “Most of the volunteers were quick to say they’d be happy to help out whenever if they were still available. I’m hoping we can get them to help pack bags this coming Wednesday and, in the future, whether on Wednesdays or other days.”
Bennett added, “Our regular packing crew provided their assistance on Wednesday. Their efforts continued with the support and time from everyone involved. Because we have no employees the Food Pantry could not operate without our volunteers. They are the backbone of our organization and have been since the very beginning.”
Morgan students were Hannah Lightfoot, Maggie Youngblood, Mary Ashlyn Pearce, Kaylee Grace Whitaker, George Turner and Richard Alan Waters. Waters is the SGA president.
Also, volunteering were Susan Whitaker, Whitney Thompson and Colby Whitaker, a freshman at the University of Alabama, as well as Whitney Thompson and Liz Huynh.