Volunteers distribute food
At Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Oldhams, volunteer Ben Hudson explained that the food bank is growing to better serve the community. It is currently in its third year. This Saturday was a bit different because instead of the usual 500 lbs. of meat generously donated by Food Lion in Montross, the bank had about 1,000 lbs. on hand.
Arriving at dawn was volunteer Glenn Neal who came to help distribute the meat and an equal amount of fruits, vegetables, cakes and other food items. As word of the additional meat went around the community, lines formed while the sun had yet to rise.
About 20-25 volunteers arrived to distribute the edibles and among them was Westmoreland County Commonwealth Attorney Julia Hutt Sichol who was found hustling bags of goods back and forth non-stop for those in need.
Along with Ebenezer Church, there are about 22 additional food bank locations working with the Northern Neck Food Bank and Central Virginia Food Bank as well as Food Lion. To prevent oversupplying a family, a bar code system is in place to identify those who have visited one food bank in a given time period.