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    Volunteers with Yorktown Assistance Ministries are pictured handing out food and supplies on Wednesday, April 1 in Yorktown. YAM provides food the first and second Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. until noon with curbside services; guests can only receive food once a month. Photo by Robert Proctor/ Yorktown News-View

Yorktown Assistance Ministries offer helping hand

By Robert Proctor

Yorktown News-View

Lined down North Church Street and onto East 5th Street, cars circled the block with recipients ready to receive food from Yorktown Assistance Ministries (YAM) last Wednesday, April 1. Things weren’t the same, though, as new guidelines were put into place by the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Volunteers, led by Sharon Metting, had to follow much more strict guidelines for the safety of themselves and those receiving food.

“It was a challenge for us, because we had to go by so many guidelines,” Metting said. “We had to make sure everybody knew what they were doing.”

Through the help of local authorities and individuals, the process was still able to run smoothly.

“We have a lot of cooperation from the deputy sheriffs, the City [of Yorktown] and all my volunteers,” Metting said.

Due to the coronavirus and health concerns, volunteers now set up the boxes of food before the recipients arrived at their distribution center at 123 N. Church Street. The volunteers also had to wear food-grade gloves while packing the boxes and passing out the food.

Those picking up food worked well with volunteers, staying in their vehicles while volunteers loaded the food into the trunk of their car or bed of their truck.

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