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Local parishoners continue tending to neighbors in need

Local parishoners continue tending to neighbors in need

God’s Grocery Store, 97 Broad St., has continued to provide food in a safe manner to Plainville, Bristol and surrounding communities during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Every Wednesday we remain open between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a drive-thru distribution. We have people drive up to register, pop their trunks and volunteers put at least three bags of food in the car for them.

As available we additionally give half-gallons of milk, five-pound potato bags and three pounds of onions. We have been serving an average 350-400 cars per week. But recently, that number has consistently increased by 40 or more per week.

We are currently working with Foodshare, FEMA and other local entities to provide us with the food necessary to provide for the community. Additionally, we have been getting a lot of deliveries and generous food donations from Stop & Shop, Shoprite, Bagels Plus, Aldi and Amazon.

We have found it challenging to fill at least 900 bags every Tuesday using only five volunteers – and adhering to social distancing – but we are up to the task and always manage to get the job done. We are grateful that God has given us the opportunity to continue with His work even, and perhaps especially, during this pandemic.

We want to thank Plainville’s Town Manager Robert Lee, as well as the Town of Plainville’s municipal workers and police department for their assistance each week setting up an entrance on Broad Street and exit on Canal Street.

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 recently, the driveway was excavated, and a solid base was installed. We want to thank them for doing an exceptional job.

As this project will result in significant financial strain for our small congregation, we are happily accepting any financial donations to the Plainville Seventh Day Adventist Church made in support of our continued food distribution efforts as God’s Grocery Store volunteers.

-- Press Release