Butler County pantry needs volunteers to help distribute food due to coronavirus

A Middletown-based food pantry is seeking volunteers to help distribute food after it changed its operations to a drive through system.

Maurice Maxwell, executive director Family Service of Middletown, said because of the coronavirus shutdown some of the people who typically help pass out food inside the pantry are unavailable. That has left Maxwell seeking about 10 volunteers to assist with the drive through.

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Food is distributed at the pantry, 555 N. Verity Parkway, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. every Monday and Thursday. No registration is required and recipients are not asked to show proof of their residence or income.

They will receive a box that will contain all the food groups, including meat, Maxwell said.

Once cars pull into the parking lot, volunteers load the boxes that weigh about 40 pounds into the vehicles, he said. There is minimum contact with the public, according to Maxwell.

Maxwell said between 130 to 150 boxes are distributed twice a week.

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“The need in the community is very high,” said Maxwell, who added Family Service receives daily calls from those who need support.

The food pantry recently had an added expense after its box truck was vandalized. Maxwell said someone cut out the truck’s catalytic converter. He said it cost the pantry $1,500 to replace the converter. The truck has been moved to an off site location for safety.

For more information, call 513-423-4637 or go to pantry’s web site: https://fsmiddletown.org/

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