NO ONE GOES HUNGRY! Port Richmond on Patrol and Civic (PROPAC) partnered with Grace Episcopal Church and the Incarnation, and Caring For Friends, for a few separate days of produce distribution over the last two weeks.
Volunteers set up tables at 2645 E. Venango Street as a socially-distanced line, stretching far down Edgemont Street, was guided along to choose fresh produce from Caring For Friends.
Rev. Brian Rallison from Grace Episcopal and the Incarnation Church and Anne Paul from PROPAC greeted those lining up for an event last Saturday, April 11th, making sure that everyone had proper face covering to help prevent the spread of any possible coronavirus. “We are all created in the image of God, so us giving food to people that need it is also giving that back to God,” said Rev. Rallison. Anne Paul said that Port Richmond is a nice neighborhood, and a lot of people don’t see it as having the number of working poor that it does have. The need is great here, especially for the most vulnerable and senior citizens.
The City-sponsored distribution program dropped off more than several hundred boxes of fresh vegetables on Thursday, April 16th. At about 12:15, a truck being driven by Community Life Improvement Program (CLIP) workers arrived with 5 crates of additional boxes of fresh vegetables. The hustle of the workers was inspiring. “This is a good thing,” one of the CLIP workers told the Juniata News. “People are hurting”. He said that they aren’t supposed to give their names to the press, but was happy to say that his actions represent CLIP. “It’s just great to be a part of the initiative of the Mayor’s Office and SHARE and Philabundance, and CLIP.”
He said that in the packing warehouse, there’s tons of volunteers that just want to give a helping hand. “They’re coming in throughout the week, unpacking, then packing up, just so it can be a blessing to people throughout the City of Philadelphia.” It’s been a wonderful experience within a bad situation for this particular CLIP employee.
Following are photos of two of the events. Future events will be announced on the Facebook Page of Grace Episcopal and the Incarnation Church.