By Libby Rosequist
Move the Mountain organizers said they are disappointed to announce that because of the growing numbers of COVID-19 cases, they will not be holding the usual food drive at Crescent Hose Co. on Saturday, Nov. 14.
“We feel that it would be nearly impossible to safely have even our smaller crews sorting food donations,” Renee Triana, Move the Mountain committee member, said. “This was a very difficult decision, deciding between the obvious need and the safety of everyone involved in the drive.”
While Move the Mountain will not have the normal drop off at Crescent Hose, volunteers will still be at Sander’s Markets on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accept any monetary donations, and will be selling tickets for the “Wine Around Town” raffle basket, which will be drawn at the end of that day.
Sander’s has the $5 bags of food that anyone can purchase at the checkout and they include items that are most needed at the pantry.
This usually runs the entire month of November and the food will be delivered directly to the food pantry.
“We are strongly encouraging you to use this method if possible to donate food to the pantry,” Triana said. “We will not refuse any food donations, but the $5 bag is the easiest and safest way to donate this year.”
Move the Mountain has been a staple food drive for the North East Food Pantry, helping families in need to get through the lean winter months.
“Please do what you can to help our North East Community Food Pantry this year,” Triana emphasized. “Whether it is on the 14th or dropping off a donation at their location at 30 Bothel St. in North East throughout the upcoming months.”
Being in a position of need can happen to anyone, at any time in life.
One of the committee members, Corey Hansen, shares his motivation to help with Move the Mountain.
“I still remember seeing the tears in my parents’ eyes as they struggled with the decision of what bills to leave unpaid in order to keep food on the table for their three children,” Hansen reflected. “No family should have to be in this position, yet too many are.
This is why we need to come together as a community to help, and Move the Mountain provides an amazing opportunity to give food and money to the North East Community Food Pantry. They in turn are able to provide not only food, but hope to those in need in our community.”
North East held its first Move the Mountain food drive after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 after the food pantry’s donations decreased drastically.
The generosity of the North East community has led to the success of this event year after year.
“We thank you for your continued support and hope that you understand how difficult of a decision this was,” Triana said. “We will be back next year with the food drive and other activities to help the pantry. But this year we want the focus to be on raising money for the food pantry by making a donation on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Sander’s Markets.”
For those not comfortable or unable to stop at Sander’s Markets, donations can also be sent via PayPal, Venmo or a mailed check directly to the North East Community Food Pantry.
The food pantry along with the assistance of several Christian churches, which are members of the North East Clergy Council, have been serving North East and Greenfield Township families since 1983.
It is open for distribution on the first four Saturdays of each month from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
All North East and Greenfield Township households seeking help must complete a comprehensive Application for Assistance form.
The North East Food Pantry is not a government agency nor does it provide any government purchased food.