Volunteers provide food to communities whose grocery stores were looted, destroyed

Volunteers provide food to communities whose grocery stores were looted, destroyed.
Photo credit Paul Kurtz/KYW Newsradio

The nonprofit has been providing the free service there and at Allegheny West Foundation in North Philadelphia twice a week since the start of the pandemic. 

Share Food executive director George Matysik said they’re now adding those looted stores’ customers to that mix.

“What we’re doing is partnering with ShopRite to take any excess food that they have and any additional food from the Share Food Program to make sure that as these grocery stores are closed, the community is still getting as much food as they need,” he said. 

For now, Share Food is the primary source of nonperishable food for people in both areas. 

It’s far from an ideal situation, but beleaguered neighbors say they’ll take it.

After the looting-volunteers with ⁦@sharefoodphilly⁩ provide non perishable items to people in North and West Philly. Ther grocery stores were destroyed and forced to close. ⁦@KYWNewsradiopic.twitter.com/yNsWcOPqat

— Paul Kurtz (@kurtzpaul) June 4, 2020

“Whatever can help feed my family,” said Deon Williams.

“I take care of a 90-year-old woman and if I don’t bring her food, she doesn’t have anything to eat. So it’s really difficult and this really helps. But I will not be able to get meats and stuff and cold items. So I’ll have to go outside the county. Thank God I drive,” said Roz Porter.

The food will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday until the grocery stores reopen.