Food pantry open year round
I stopped in the church the other Wednesday to see how the food pantry works and Linda Scheina said she would be glad to show me around and then said she would write something down about how it all works for those in need. She and her husband Bob are there on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., but here, let her tell you all about it in her words; and if any of my reader-friends can help out by donating, please do so.
Linda says: “To shop at Centreville United Methodist Church’s food pantry, a person must prove residency in Queen Anne’s County. This proof can be in the form of a driver’s license or a household bill showing the address.
Shopping in the food pantry occurs year round on the first and third Wednesday of each month between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and shoppers are invited to shop with us each time we’re open. We do not meet when there is a fifth Wednesday in a particular month (May); however, we will provide shoppers with extra food to tide them over until the pantry is opened again.
Each time the pantry is in operation, we will average 30 people who represent approximately 50 to 60 family members. Our totals for 2016 indicated we had 555 shoppers come to the pantr y and 1,240 individuals fed. two of our parishioners, Vicki and Irv Kohne, shop for and deliver food to nine residents of Tilghman Terrace Apartments who might not have access to transportation or have medical situations prohibiting them from shopping for themselves.
We provide each new shopper with a ‘Welcome’ packet (similar to what we give to new parishioners) containing useful information about the pantry, our church and what other services might be available within our community that could possibly help them.
Donations of food items come in fast and furious during November and December from community and school food drives. We also have our own parishioners who donate to us regularly — most of who we don’t know. Donated food is simply placed in either of our two big blue bins. ‘Grateful’ doesn’t begin to cover our appreciation. Two of our biggest community donors are the American Legion Jeff Davis Post and the Grasonville VFW. They unfailingly support us throughout the year.”
••• TYPEWRITER FIXED This faithful IBM Wheelwriter typewriter went on the blink some time ago and Debbie Hardy in the Library went on the computer and found me a typewriter repair guy in Bel Air, who goes by Ken & Ray, Inc. He agreed to meet us in Elkton and we hauled the machine up and a few days later he said it was done. By golly, here we are back in service.
I know, I know, it is tough to still be living in the 19th Century, but it is too late to begin buying and operating computers here at home, so let’s keep this typewriter going as long as possible.
••• GREAT CASH BASH Most of us at the firehouse figured Saturday’s Cash Bash was the biggest yet. If we didn’t have 1,000 or more folks there, it certainly seemed like it; and since we sold out of all 1,000 tickets and each one allowed you to bring a guest, we could have had as many as 2,000 enjoying themselves collecting money and eating and drinking free all afternoon.
I hope we have a shot of Bill Walmsley of Chestertown in the paper as I snapped the happy, lucky winner of the $10,000 grand prize at 6 p.m. He graciously turned $500 back over to the fire company.
Our Cash Bash, and this was the 6th, has turned into a real community event and I know we are going to keep it going as long as possible. We give away a lot of money and it is still a great fundraiser.
••• WHAT STUDY? I noticed in the 25 Years Ago column in the Record Observer recently that in 1992 Richard A. Jarenski, a businessman on Kent Island, commissioned a study on the possibility of incorporating Kent Island with a town council, paid mayor, police ser vice, etc . ... like any other municipality.
Does anyone have any idea whatever became of that idea?
Editor’s Note: Jarenski tried for many years but failed to get the number of signatures needed to incorporate Kent Island. His wife died, his daughter graduated, and he eventually moved out of the area. He was living in Arizona last time we heard from him.