CARLISLE — With the help of a small group of volunteers and the assistance of a church in Jonesville, the Town of Carlisle was once again able to provide food to the needy of the community.
Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn said Monday that the March 21 distribution of food to the needy of the Carlisle area was a success with approximately 100 people being given boxes of food. The food was provided by The Potters Storehouse, a Jonesville area church that provides food for needy families throughout Union County. This was the second collaboration between the church and the town. In November, the town distributed 80-100 boxes containing food supplied by the church. At that time, the boxes included ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner, and Ferguson-Glenn said the boxes distributed last Wednesday were just as full. She said the distribution was designed to give those needing the assistance sufficient food supplies to last through Easter.
“We had a variety of meats including chicken and sausage,” Ferguson-Glenn said. “There was pastry, bread, pasta and spaghetti sauce, corn and other vegetables, drinks, and canned beef stew. Just as in November when we wanted to ensure that families here would have Thanksgiving dinner, this time we wanted to make sure they have food for Easter.”“
While The Potters Storehouse provided the food, it was up to the town to fill the boxes and distribute them. Ferguson-Glenn said she and Carlisle Town Council member Maxine Spencer with the assistance of six volunteers filled the boxes in the fire truck bay of the town hall and began the distribution at 10 a.m. A line had formed outside the town hall by that time and the distributions continued until 2 p.m. that afternoon.
Ferguson-Glenn thanked the volunteers for their assistance Wednesday and The Potters Storehouse for providing the town with the food for the distribution.
“We’re thankful that we had enough volunteers to do this for our citizens,” Ferguson-Glenn said. “We’re also thankful for The Potters Storehouse for making this possible.”
Ferguson-Glenn said the town plans to hold these distributions every two months with the next one scheduled for May 16. As in the case of the distributions in November and on March 21, the May 16 distribution will be for residents of the town and the immediate surrounding area only. To a receive a box of food, Carlisle residents will have to bring photo identification with them to the town hall.