BY SHERI TRUSTY
Thanks to Nana’s Pantry at Truth Ministries, 120 local senior citizens will celebrate Thanksgiving with a full turkey dinner. Over a four-day period, the pantry distributed 120 Thanksgiving meal boxes that included a turkey breast or turkey tenderloin, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls and a pumpkin roll.
“Everything was frozen or shelf-stable to allow them to make the food on the day they wish,” said Nana’s Pantry Director Stacey Karshuk.
On Monday, Nov. 13, the first distribution day, the pantry was packed with clients and friendly volunteers ready to help them pack their boxes.
“It was a pleasure,” Karshuk said. “It is such a joy to wait on everyone.”
The Thanksgiving boxes were available to seniors who are regular clients of Nana’s Kitchen. The pantry was able to provide the meals thanks to about 75 business and individual sponsors, including The Beacon, which helped fund the turkeys.
“People gave cash donations and physical donations, and businesses gave us discounts as well as donations,” Karshuk said. “I want to thank all of our sponsors for their generous help.”
Karshuk said the donors understand the need in the community and responded with compassion.
“They know the people who receive the food are seniors on a fixed income. A lot of seniors we have here are widows or widowers, so they’re single. Some are financially on the border. They make too much for food stamps,” she said. “We make sure we take care of our seniors.”
The seniors at Nana’s Pantry are more than just clients to the volunteers.
“They are like grandparents to us, like aunts and uncles,” Karshuk said. “If someone doesn’t show up, we worry about them. We love them. We call them our pantry family.”