VOLUNTEER BRIAN SMITH handled food requests and curbside delivery at the Durand Loaves & Fishes food pantry on Wednesday, June 3. As part of the pantry’s new health safety protocol, Brian greeted clients outside to verify residency and take food requests. After ascertaining information such as family size and food storage capabilities (frozen storage), Brian would take food requests inside to his fellow volunteers, who would then load a shopping cart for Brian to deliver to the client’s vehicle.

   The Durand Loaves & Fishes food pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday and is housed in the First United Methodist Church, located at 202 E. Main St. in Vernon. The only requirement for assistance is a valid form of identification proving residency in Bancroft, Byron, Durand, Gaines, Lennon or Vernon.

   Everyone picking up food is asked to please park in the parking lot behind the church, ring the doorbell at the backdoor and return to their vehicle to await instructions from pantry workers.

   Each family is provided with a shopping cart full of food that includes soups, apple sauce, milk, eggs, margarine, vegetables, pork & beans, spaghetti sauce, ground turkey and/or chicken (depending on availability), pancake mix, mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, a variety of noodles and pastas, flour and sugar (upon request), cereal, peanut butter, jelly and crackers.

(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

Durand Loaves & Fishes food pantry was last modified: June 8th, 2020 by Karen Elford