Volunteers needed for commodity pickup

By Christy Howell-Hoots - [email protected]
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FLEMINGSBURG — Licking Valley Community Action in Fleming County is looking for volunteers to help hand out commodities to senior citizens.

According to Rachel Robinson, county coordinator with the LVCA, volunteers will be needed April 10 to bag commodities at 11:30 a.m. and on April 11 to hand out commodities from 1- 3 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to bag commodities on May 9 at 11:30 a.m. and hand them out on May 10 from 1-3 p.m. at the Licking Valley Community Action Warehouse, located at 203 High Street in Flemingsburg.

“It’s always the second Tuesday and Wednesday of the month,” she said.

According to Robinson, for more than 20 years, the Fleming County branch of the Licking Valley Community Action have provided commodities for seniors, over the age of 60, who are in need of assistance.

In order to provide this service to families, the program is in need of volunteers who can help bag and hand out those items.

“We need several people who can come to the warehouse and help,” she said. “A truck brings the commodities in bulk. We have to separate and bag those when they come in. We have different stations, juices, canned food, cereal and other stations where everyone works to sort the items.”

High school students who volunteer can be offered community service credit for volunteering their time.

“Unfortunately, we can’t offer much more than that,” she said. “Those who recieve the commodities are over the age of 60 and we have an extensive waiting list for people.”

Robinson said the Fleming County office serves more than 270 people each month.

“We have numerous people who come in each month,” she said. “In order to sign up, they have to fill out an application, bring proof of residence, proof of income and a government issued ID.”

Robinson said those on the commodities list must go to the warehouse in order to pickup the items.

Those who wish to be added to volunteer can contact Robinson at 606-845-0081.

Robinson said the pick up times are for Fleming County.

“The programs in Lewis, Robertson and Bracken County are always in need of volunteers, as well,” she said.

According to Robinson, the bagging and pick up times in Lewis County are the second Wednesday at 9 a.m. and Thursday from 2-3 p.m. The contact at that location is Judy Craycraft.

In Robertson County, the bagging times are the second Wednesday at 8 a.m. and the pick up times are the second Thursday from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

The bagging and pick up times in Bracken County begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.

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By Christy Howell-Hoots

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