Bread Basket Club gives out food on Monday

Published 10:14 am Tuesday, April 21, 2020

VALLEY — Pandemic or no pandemic, the work of the Bread Basket Club goes on. On Monday, a small group of volunteers gathered at Langdale Methodist Church for the monthly food distribution from the church’s family life center. Up to 85 people in the 60 and older age group each received three bags and a large box filled with items such as bread, eggs, frozen hamburger meat, pork and chicken patties, canned vegetables, fruit and other essentials.

According to Bread Basket Club Director Kathy Richardson, most of the food comes from the East Alabama Food Bank in Auburn. The eggs and the bread are provided by Givorns Foods in Valley.

In normal times, members of the Bread Basket Club pick up their monthly food supplement inside the family life center. To meet with Gov. Kay Ivey’s restrictions due to the spread of COVID-19, the recipients remained in their cars while Bread Basket Club volunteers took their food to them.

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In a well-organized procedure, a line of cars circled around to the back of the church where volunteers had formed a line from a side door of the family life center.

The line moved along with assembly line precision with minimal exposure between people. Helping to get food into cars of Bread Basket Club members were Richardson, Adrian Carpenter, Jamie Andrews, Danny Oliver, Brad Thomas, Gill and Shirlee Ausmon, David Burdette and Gary Harris.

“We have been here since eight o’clock this morning, and we started distributing the food at around 10:15 a.m.,” Richardson said. “Having a good group of volunteers helps keep the line moving.”

Members of the Bread Basket Club renew their applications every year and receive a new card of a different color from the one they had the previous year.

“A lot of our members don’t drive,” Richardson said. “They have a family member or friend drive them here today. They show us their card, we give them their food and mark their name off the list for this month.”

There are currently a total of 84 members of the Bread Basket Club. Richardson said that number could soon be going up.

“We have a waiting list,” she said. “We are in the process of getting it up to around 100.”

For information about the Bread Basket Club, contact Kathy Richardson at (334) 768-4091, extension 201.