Social Distancing or not, the power of community is a force beyond all measure! Around 12:00 today, a small “food delivery task force” assembled outside TLC Food Pantry. Their mission?? To ensure regular monthly food service to our patrons and to some new friends as well – albeit in a different manner than we are accustomed to.
Our regular monthly food service involves lots of friendship and fellowship. We gather together, share a little snack and some coffee, and then walk hand-in-hand to ‘shop’ from the pantry shelves. I feel confident in saying that everyone involved genuinely looks forward to our monthly get-togethers.
COVID-19 threw a big, fat wrench in those plans of course (like it has done to just about everyone else worldwide). But people are Good. Amidst all the anxiety, fear, and stress out there, you can see that people are looking out for each other. They want to lend a hand in any way possible. That’s exactly what we saw with today’s plan.
Forty bags of food were packed and prepared earlier this week. Countless phone calls and emails were exchanged to pull together the extensive delivery plan. Volunteers reached out offering to drive bags around Delaware county and into Philadelphia. Then, despite the rain on this Saturday late in March, minivans, SUVs, cars, and trucks pulled up to TLC, were loaded up with bags of food, and took off again on their assigned routes. (all while maintaining a 6 foot radius and using lots of Clorox wipes;-)
It was not our regular service day by any stretch of the imagination. Although it might have just been the best, most heart-felt one yet…