Although the Shepherd's Office in Georgetown is closed, volunteers are still providing food to those in need.
Director Jim Martin said a brown-bag, grab-and-go program started March 17 and will continue as long as needed. The bags are available on the office's front porch at 408 N. Bedford St. the following times: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays; 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays; 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursdays; and 5 to 6:30 p.m., Fridays.
He said they plan to hand out as many as 400 to 500 bags a week.
“We had to stop our crock-pot lunches and dinners because it takes at least 10 volunteers just to prepare the food. It gets very crowded in the building,” he said. “We are complying with the effort to stop the spread of coronavirus by limiting groups of people.”
A typical brown bag is filled with a sandwich, fruit or pudding cup, granola bar, a small bottle of water and snacks.
Donations of any of those items can be made at Shepherd's Office during the times the food is distributed. Martin said people making donations do not have to get out of their vehicles. “Just open your trunk and we'll come out,” he said.
Martin said items can be purchased through Amazon and shipped directly to Shepherd's Office at 408 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947.
Martin said he's in the social-connecting business and is struggling to find ways to help people.
“I'm not in the social-distancing business. What is happening is foreign to me, like it is to a lot of people,” he said. “I'm pretty good at reading vibes and what I see is that people are scared. Some are even scared to look at one another.”
Shepherd's Office is a nonprofit agency providing services and programs to adults, with special attention to assisting homeless people. Contact Martin at 858-8556 for more information.