With Thanksgiving preparations well underway, it seems everyone has food on their mind, but area agencies that collect or distribute food to those in need year-round always have it on their minds.
“We do this every month,” said Dupont mayor and Lions Club member Dan Lello. “We get everybody involved.”
Lello prepared this week to distribute food collected by the CEO Weinberg food bank to about 120 people out of Holy Mother of Sorrows Church. Even with Thanksgiving coming up. Lello said this distribution would run as normal, with a core group of volunteers packing and distributing bags of items like chicken, ham, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, crackers, macaroni and cheese and cookies.
“It takes a while for everybody to do it,” he said.
John Roberts, director of the Wyoming Free Library, has seen firsthand how donations are always needed. Since students at Wyoming Area Catholic placed a Blessings Box outside the library in August, people have donated items consistently, only to see them almost immediately taken by someone who needed them.
“As soon as the items are put in, in maybe the span of an hour or so, the items are taken then replenished,” he said.
With winter approaching, people have left hats and gloves in the box along with the typical canned foods, breads, water, even toothpaste and shampoo.
“People are constantly filling it back up,” Roberts said.
Roberts said because the library is near a bus stop, donations to the box help people not only in the Wyoming community but people from all over Luzerne County.
Roberts said the constant sound of the box’s metal door clanging open and shut lets him know it gets used. He said anyone who would like to donate can simply drop items off in the box.
As for Lello, the food supply comes in from CEO but he said the Dupont Lions Club could always use more volunteers to help distribute and pack the donations.
“We have a dwindling staff,” he said. “We need people to come on and help.”
Anyone interested in helping can contact Lello at 570-654-6819.