Cold doesn’t stop Community Action with food distribution this morning in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 February 2022 at 11:28 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Staff and volunteers for Community Action of Orleans & Genesee were out this morning in about 10-degree weather during a pop-up food distribution at the Main Street Thrift Store’s parking lot, 131 South Main St.

Dana Jessmer of Albion works quickly to unload food from boxes. A team put produce and other food in trunks of vehicles. Jessmer is the daughter of Community Action human resources director Susan Jessmer.

The food distributions will continue to at least June. Orleans Hub is trying to get a schedule of the upcoming distributions. Foodlink delivered the food in a program funded through the state’s Nourish New York program.

About 100 to 130 vehicles have been attending the recent distributions, with the food given away on a first come, first served basis.

Jackie Gardner, Community Action’s chief operating officer and director of operations, was part of the team unpacking food and putting it in cars and trucks this morning. She enjoyed the camaraderie with her co-workers and volunteers.

Greg Gilman, a Community Action employee, cuts open a box. He has worked at most of food distributions in Albion for nearly two years. He is retiring for the second time on Feb. 25.

Dan Healy had the day off from his job and was happy to help with the food distribution.