Cincinnati girl ensuring households in want keep fed in the course of the pandemic

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EVERY FAMILY THAT NEEDED FOOD WOULD RECEIVE IT. PACK THE FOOD, PACK IT AND SHIP IT WITH FAMILIES THAT CANNOT GO WITHOUT IT. >> HOW MANY FAMILIES DO YOU HAVE? OK, AND YOUR NAME? ASHLEY: IT’S NOT EASY TO WORK, BUT IT IS NECESSARY IN THESE TIMES. >> THEY CALL AND SAY I HAVE NO FOOD. My grocery stamps are cut off, it’s not enough. ASHLEY: FOR SHARON WATKINS, THE WOMAN ON THE HEAD OF THIS BUSINESS, IT’S A PART OF THE JOB, BUT IT’S ALSO A MATTER OF THE HEART. >> EVERYONE NEEDS FOOD. I hate wasting food. As a mom, you don’t want to see food waste. ASHLEY: THE ASSEMBLY RUNS LIKE A WELL OILED MACHINE. FOUR TIMES A MONTH AT FOUR LOCATIONS WATKINS AND A GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE THE BAGS OF FOOD IN TRUNKS RAIN, SLEEP OR SNOW. >> IF IT WAS COLD, REALLY, REALLY COLD, IT WAS COLD. We had these hand warmers in our gloves. We just got out of here and did it anyway. IN THE RAIN. >> DURING THE PANDEMIC HAS THE FACT THAT PEOPLE DON’T HAVE THE MONEY TO SHOP FOOD AS THEY MAY HAVE AN ADDITIONAL PRESSURE NOT TO DO THIS FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND WINDOWS SURE YOU WILL GET THE RESOURCES TO YOU. >> THAT’S MY JOB, BUT IT’S ALSO WHO I AM, WHATEVER I WANT TO HELP THE COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY WITH WHAT WE ARE NOW GOING THROUGH ASHLEY: THE PARTNER OF THE COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY WITH THE FREE CHARGE BANK, FEED FAMILIES. Last year they served more than 14,000 families. Information on these Mobile Food Bank locations can be found on our WLWT website

Cincinnati woman ensuring families in need stay fed during the pandemic

Updated: 6:50 p.m. EST March 9, 2021

The Community Action Agency has several food banks to help families in need. When the pandemic hit, Community Engagement Manager Sharon Watkins put the operation into gear to ensure that every family in need of food received it. From packing the food to packing and shipping to families who can’t do without it, it’s not an easy job, but in these times it is necessary. “They call and say, ‘I have no food. My food stamps are cut, it’s not enough,'” said Customer Service Assistant Sheila White. For Watkins, the woman in charge of this operation, it’s part of The Job, but it’s also an affair of the heart. “Everyone needs food. I hate wasting food. As a mother, you don’t want food to be wasted,” Watkins said. The assembly runs like a well-oiled machine. Four times a month, in four locations, Watkins and a group of volunteers receive the bags of food in trunks, rain, sleet, or snow. “During the pandemic, people not having the money to go shopping as usual made me want an extra boost to be able to do this for our community,” said Watkins. Even when people are at home and not on the resources can get, she makes sure they get the resources. ” This is my job, but it’s who I am, too, which makes me want to do more to help the community, especially with what we’re going through, ”said Watkins, the Community Action Agency partner at work partnered with The Free Store Food Bank last year they served more than 14,000 families Locations: The Welcome Project | 2936 Colerain Ave. Tuesday March 9th at 11:00 AM Community Action Agency | 1740 Langdon Farm Road Wednesday March 17th , from 2 p.m. Tried Stone Church | 5550 Reading Road Monday, March 22, from noon Corinthian Baptist Church | 1920 Tennessee Ave. Saturday, March 27, from 3 p.m.

The Community Action Agency has several food banks to help families in need. When the pandemic hit, Community Engagement Manager Sharon Watkins put the operation into gear to ensure that every family in need of food received it.

From packing the food to packing and shipping to families who can’t do without it, it’s not an easy job, but in these times it is necessary.

“They call and say, ‘I have no food. My food stamps are cut off, it’s not enough,'” said Customer Service Assistant Sheila White.

For Watkins, the woman in charge of this operation, this is part of the job, but it is also an affair of the heart.

“Everyone needs food. I hate wasting food. As a mother, you don’t want food to be wasted,” Watkins said.

The assembly runs like a well-oiled machine. Four times a month, Watkins and a group of volunteers at four locations receive the bags of food in trunks when it rains, sleet, or snow.

“During the pandemic, the fact that people don’t have the money to go shopping like they normally would have led me to have an extra boost to be able to do this for our community,” Watkins said .

Even when people are at home and can’t get the resources, she makes sure they get the resources.

“This is my job, but it’s who I am also, which leads me to do more to help the community, especially with what we’re going through,” said Watkins.

The Community Action Agency works with the Free Store Food Bank to feed families. Last year they looked after more than 14,000 families.

Locations:

The welcome project | 2936 Colerain Ave.
Tuesday, March 9th, from 11:00 a.m.

Community Action Agency | 1740 Langdon Farm Road
Wednesday, March 17th, from 2 p.m.

Tried stone church | 5550 Reading Street
Monday, March 22nd, from noon

Corinthian Baptist Church | 1920 Tennessee Ave.
Saturday, March 27th, from 3 p.m.