Vineyard Community Church needs volunteers and donations for its Wickliffe pantry – News-Herald
Wickliffe’s Vineyard Community Church needs volunteers, donations and a box truck to keep their pantry running.
Since the start of the pandemic, the pantry has not only continued but has grown. The church has made adjustments to keep things safe from COVID, like masks, safe distance and safe driving instead of keeping it indoors.
The Ohio National Guard is also helping them now that up to 300 families use the pantry each week, according to pantry co-organizer Denise Dworning.
Since the start of the pandemic until this month, the pantry has accommodated 10,000 families, which is an increase from the usual 6,200 families per year in recent years, according to the associate pastor of Vineyard Community Church. Jim Dworning.
“We have two churches here at Vineyard Community Church,” he said. “People who attend Sunday morning services and those who come to the pantry on Tuesday. “
The pantry is open the first four Tuesdays of each month. It serves customers from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., but recently opened at 2:30 p.m. due to the decline in waiting cars at that time, according to church administrative assistant Melinda Benes.
“At 2:30 pm we pray and then start letting our parking lot fill up with a sea of vehicles,” Benes said. “We start the check-in process, then let them walk to the main gate where the National Guards load the food into their trunks.
“We serve anyone who arrives in our parking lot before 6.30pm, so sometimes we have to wait after 7.30pm to complete the delivery. “
The church needs help throughout the day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. packing non-perishable food cartons, inventory, stock orders received from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and preparing them for distribution.
Volunteers are assigned to positions throughout the facility, for tasks such as loading food onto carts, moving carts forward for the National Guard, garbage collection, and checking in clients.