Food pantry needs strong volunteers

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Many people in Valencia County are in need of help, and the Belen Area Food Pantry has been the place where anyone who doesn’t have enough food to feed their family can go and receive a few things to get by.
Since the late ’80s, the dedicated volunteers at the food pantry, located at the First Baptist Church in Belen, has helped thousands of families with everyday necessities. But recently, the volunteers have found themselves asking for help.
Magda Rundles, the volunteer coordinator, said most of their 40-plus volunteers are senior citizens who give of their time — because frankly, they have the time. But they are in need of people, strong people, who can lift and move heavy boxes of food.
The weight of the boxes “is just too much for most of our volunteers who are not able to lift,” Rundles said. “Maybe a few strong men could come out and help us.”
Recently, the Belen Area Food Pantry had 200 families walk through its doors, asking for help. The volunteers are pleased and eager to do what they can for their fellow residents, but they are now in need of our help.
There must be a few strong men and women out there who can donate their time and muscle a few days a week to help. It’s an important program that a lot of families depend on.
If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, contact Magda Rundles at 864-0427.