God's Grocery Store still safely providing food during pandemic

Published on Wednesday, 20 May 2020 10:38
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

PLAINVILLE – God’s Grocery Store has continued to safely provide food each Wednesday to Plainville, Bristol and surrounding communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Every Wednesday, God’s Grocery Store remains open at 7th Day Adventist Church at 97 Broad Street between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a drive-thru distribution. People can drive up to register and then pop their trunks. Volunteers will then put at least three bags of food in the car for them.

“The bags will contain peanut butter, tuna fish, spaghetti, cheese and possibly meat if they get it delivered from Food Share,” said Laurie Tompkins, who runs the volunteer service. “As available we additionally give half-gallons of milk, 5 pound potato bags and 3 pounds of onions. We have been serving on an average 350 to 400 cars per week; but recently, that number has consistently increased by 40 or more each week.”

Tompkins said she is grateful that God has given them the opportunity to continue His work during the pandemic, providing food in a manner that is safe to clients and volunteers. She also thanked Stop & Shop, Shoprite, Bagels Plus, Aldi’s and Amazon for providing them with several deliveries of food donations.

“We have found it challenging to fill at the least 900 bags every Tuesday using only 5 volunteers and social distancing, but we are up to the task and always manage to get the job done,” said Tompkins. “We are currently working with Foodshare, FEMA and other local entities to provide us with the amount of food necessary to provide for the community.”

Tompkins said she is thankful to town officials for supporting this effort.

“We want to thank Plainville’s Town Manager, Robert Lee, as well as the Town of Plainville’s municipal workers and the Police Department for their assistance each week setting up an entrance on Broad Street and exit on Canal Street,” she said. “The weekly wear and tear of 400 cars passing through our property has caused enough surface deterioration to require putting in a paved driveway. The town approved D’Amico for our repaving project and last week, the driveway was excavated, and a solid base was installed. We want to thank them for doing an exceptional job.”

While the volunteer effort has been able to provide for many people, Tompkins said that it has caused significant financial strain to the small congregation. She said that Seventh Day Adventist Church will gladly accept any financial donations to support continued food distribution efforts.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Wednesday, 20 May 2020 10:38. Updated: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 10:40.