by Lisa Tome
Volunteers in Port Deposit didn't let a traffic snafu wreck their day.
Instead, they just worked faster.
For about four years, the Maryland Food Bank has had a monthly food drop in downtown Port Deposit. The drop used to be held in tents in a parking lot on North Main Street. It has since moved to Port Deposit Presbyterian Church. Last week, the truck hauling the food was delayed in traffic. Those in need lined up outside the church. When the truck finally arrived, the volunteers and those waiting to get food pitched in together to get the truck unloaded and the food ready for distribution.
The volunteers represent numerous churches; the host church, Tome United Methodist, Rising Sun Church of the Nazarene, First Baptist Church of Port Deposit, Nicanor, and Bethel AME Church.
Michael Heaps is a board member for charity Nicanor and attends Rising Sun Church of the Nazarene. He explained that the food drop serves 300-350 families each month. No identification is required by those who receive food. They are asked to provide a phone number in the event of a product recall.
Rosina Carey, a member of Bethel AME Church, has worked with the food drop since it started. "I do it to give back to the community, to do God's work," said Carey.
Beverly Narvell was serving on behalf of Tome UMC. "I like helping people. Everybody has to eat," said Narvell.
Rose Robinson attends Port Deposit Presbyterian. "It makes you feel good to serve other people. Whey they see you smile, they smile," said Robinson.
Barring traffic issues, the food drop is held the second Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.