AS SEEN IN THE CLEVELAND JEWISH NEWS
Kosher Food Pantry uses heated trailers, shifts to meet needs
Renee Silverberg, left, and Jennifer Wintner pack bags inside the new trailers.
To accommodate a combination of needs, the COVID-19 pandemic and cold weather, the Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry in South Euclid has set up heated trailers on its grounds in order to continue serving the local community.
Since the pandemic started, changes to the pantry’s operations have included pre-packing boxes of food, no-touch drive-through distribution and social distancing of volunteers as they pack. Much of this was accomplished by packing outside on tables set up in the pantry’s driveway area, according to the release.
Thankfully, the weather cooperated on most of our packing days during the summer, but we cannot pack food outside during a typical Cleveland winter,” said Rivka Goldstein, the pantry’s managing director, in the release.
“With the help of our board leadership, we came up with a plan to install two temporary office trailers. We will now be able to safely pack and distribute food through the winter. We also enlarged our driveway area so that cars can enter and exit safely for drive-through distribution.”
While the pandemic has closed many food pantries, the Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry remains open to feed the vulnerable, despite many challenges,” Alevsky said in the release. “We would especially like to applaud all of our volunteers, our donors and our hard-working staff, who have stepped up to assist others in these difficult times.”
The Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry is using heated trailers during the winter.
Jennifer Wintner packs bags inside the new trailers.