Aug 14, 2020 4:12 PM

Food Pantry coordinates free food giveaway

Posted Aug 14, 2020 4:12 PM

Dewey Terrill

JC Post

Free food from the Farm to Families program was given away Friday morning in the Junction City High School parking lot. 

Workers load food into a vehicle with a line of cars in the background.
Workers load food into a vehicle with a line of cars in the background.

Cars were lined up as early as 7 a.m. before the food giveaway began about 9:30 a.m. There were approximately 75 vehicles in the parking lot and a line stretched southward on Eisenhower Drive for at least two blocks. Each driver received boxes containing produce and dairy items.

The giveway was coordinated by the Food Pantry of Geary County. Food Pantry Board President Margaret Kilpatrick said there were 196 large produce boxes of food. "And each one of them weighed 26 pounds. We have 480 dairy products and each one of them weighed 28 pounds. And then we have small boxes, 570, and they weigh 67 pounds."

Rina Neal helped unload the food that was delivered via a large semi-truck. "She noted that people began lining about 7 a.m. to receive food. "We had the truck arrive at 8:40."

( L-R ) Randall Zimmerman and Rina Neal were among the many volunteers helping unload the food out of a truck.
( L-R ) Randall Zimmerman and Rina Neal were among the many volunteers helping unload the food out of a truck.

Strength and conditioning participants at Junction City High School and other volunteers from the community helped unload the food.

Kilpatrick said there will be one more food giveaway of this type in September. The Food Pantry also conducted one in July.

Junction City Middle School sixth grade student Joy Davis helped with unloading the food. " I thought it would be fun to do and it's good to help your community." Another student that will be a sixth grader at City Middle School, Jacey Beldzig, also helped unload boxes of food. "I did it because I like helping give back to the community."

Volunteers helping unload food
Volunteers helping unload food
Motorists waiting to pick up free produce and dairy items
Motorists waiting to pick up free produce and dairy items