Food distributions at two local churches on Saturday aimed to help families put food on the table for Christmas.
Volunteers gathered on Dec. 18 for Galt Sunrise Rotary and Sunshine Food Pantry’s giveaway at Galt United Methodist Church, and others assembled at First Baptist Church of Galt.
Reformatted from a turkey dinner at the Littleton Center into a food distribution for community members in need, Rotary and the food pantry’s annual partnership offered recipients multiple stations stocked with everything from green beans and macaroni and cheese to holiday cookies and frozen turkeys.
The food pantry donated fresh produce, cereal and fresh rolls, among other things. Les Schwab Tire Centers contributed toys, and families could pick one toy per child.
Rotary treasurer Grace Malson said that 122 families received food boxes at the distribution.
Galt Vice Mayor Paul Sandhu and City Council members Rich Lozano and Kevin Papineau came to help hand out the food. Sandhu also dropped by First Baptist Church of Galt’s distribution.
First Baptist had frozen turkeys, as well as shelves stocked with pantry staples, for those who came by. Volunteers helped recipients find the items they were looking for and select the right size turkey.
Volunteer Leon Roland said that he helps out at the giveaway because “the good Lord tells me it’s needed.” Like the Rotary event, First Baptist’s giveaway had to change to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, “but that all evolves from time to time,” Roland said.
“It’s a good feeling to know that you’re helping,” he added.
First Baptist’s secretary and pantry director Sheila Allen spoke to the recipients briefly.
“Merry Christmas, and I hope that you get all you need here,” Allen concluded before inviting the recipients into the food closet.
Sunshine Food Pantry is open on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month and is located at 571 C Street. First Baptist Church of Galt is located at 653 A Street. It will hold another distribution on Jan. 15 at 10 a.m.