The Storehouse Community Food Pantry saw its highest number of participants ever on April 8 and the next distribution in planned from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 6.
There are usually between 101 to 121 food pickups each month, but there were 124 on April 8, according to Connie Lazich, coordinator. The food goes to feed about 450 family members who live in the Greencastle-Antrim and Mercersburg areas.
The food pantry is a ministry of the Storehouse Community at 3845 Buchanan Trail West, Greencastle, and marked its fifth anniversary in 2019. The church purchases 8,000 to 10,000 pounds of food a month from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
The list of foods Lazich can order varies, but often includes nonperishables, meat, produce, cheese, milk and eggs.
The process at the food pantry has changed in response to COVID-19. People stay in their vehicles, with boxes and bags delivered to them by volunteers wearing masks and gloves.
There are generally about 16 volunteers on hand from the church and community — including Lazich's husband, Pete, and their children and spouses, grandchildren and a great-grandchild — the day the food pantry is open. Volunteers also work the day before, unloading the truck, stocking shelves and organizing the food, according to Lazich, who said more volunteers are always welcome.
Food also has been delivered to a few families in needed during the coronavirus pandemic.
"I know many people definitely need food," Lazich said.
More information about receiving food, volunteering or making donations is available by calling Lazich at 717-597-8242 or going to the church website: