Food distributions will continue but volunteers needed

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 December 2020 at 8:40 am

The food distributions that started in April near the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic will continue with the next one Jan. 15 in Albion at the Main Street Store parking lot, 131 South Main St.

Whether more food distributions will be scheduled depends on having volunteers to help run the events, said Melissa Blanar, director of the Orleans County Office for the Aging.

Foodlink is willing to do the distributions into February as long as there are volunteers to organize the events, and hand off the 20-pound boxes of food into trunks of cars or the backs of trucks.

The Albion event on Jan. 15 will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. and will last until the food is gone. About 300 boxes of food are expected to be given away.

Volunteers are needed for the events from about 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Masks and sanitizer will be provided. For more information about volunteering, contact Blanar at (585) 589-3191.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program nation-wide.