Food pantry open year round

Record Observer - - OPINION -

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.

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