By Julie McCay Turner
When the voice at the other end of the phone said, “We’re running a little early, can you get to the pantry sooner,” Bedford Community Table and Food Pantry volunteers Peter Gray, Ed Rogalski, along with Carol and Sam Petracca moved a bit more quickly than they had planned on Monday afternoon.
They arrived to find a phalanx of cars lined up near the Pantry’s back door, each loaded to the brim with bags full of Thanksgiving ‘fixings’ and frozen turkeys.
After waves of volunteers finished bringing everything into the Pantry’s small office, more than 100 bags were lined along the corridor, and there were turkeys everywhere, waiting for the first clients to arrive at 4:30.
Click on each of the images below to see just some of the bags lined up, awaiting Pantry clients; a fridge full of cider, cartons of pies; and turkeys ready for delivery.
“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our community,” exclaimed Grey. “I often say that, but over the past three years corporations in Bedford have really stepped forward. And this year’s donations hit an all-time high.”
With a record number of pies (110!) donated through the Bedford Family Connection’s annual Pie Drive at Chip-in Farm, and outstanding support from Bedford individuals, families, organizations and businesses, each of the Pantry’s clients headed home late Monday afternoon carrying a full Thanksgiving dinner to prepare on Thursday.