JEFFERSON COUNTY — Jefferson County had its second Military Share event, partnering with the Second Harvest Food Bank, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Thursday.
Military Share, a program through the Second Harvest Food Bank, provides fresh, nutritious foods to military families. This program is available to any US military member or household with at least one person who has served in the armed forces.
Several volunteers arrived early in anticipation of the arriving veterans. Once they arrived, those who were able to walk were directed to the handicap parking lot and were waiting for their families before consuming food.
When a vehicle parked in the lot, people began to line up on the road leading out of the fairgrounds. It looked like the first Military Share day in October wasn’t enough for Jefferson County’s veterans. However, Veterans Affairs Director David Reitz was able to get 20 more boxes of food than previously donated.
Yesterday, 12 to 15 volunteers from across the county came out to help with cleanup efforts. Offering their time and energy were the Jefferson County Housing Authority and local residents.
As soon as the truck was unloaded and the food was ready to be distributed, there were people waiting down Route 28, and more joining the line on their way.
The first two cars that were filled with food to the veterans who live in housing were from the housing authority. This organization delivers food to vets who have signed up for assistance.
A team of volunteers was in the parking lot helping to direct cars through the line in a quick and orderly manner. Others were posted at each of the food items, making loading each car a fast and seamless experience. Jefferson County Commissioner Scott North found out who was coming to collect the food, as well as what type of food they wanted. Then he would identify the line, call out how many units were needed and direct the vehicle to that spot.
Military Share is funded by donations. To learn how to sponsor a Military Share distribution, contact Gerry Weiss by email at [email protected] or phone at 814-459-3663, extension 120.