DUPONT — With Easter just a few days away, people in Luzerne County lined up Tuesday to get their hands on some free ham. The Dupont Food Pantry and United Way teamed up to hand out the Easter dish to many families.
A lot of people, a lot of food, and a lot of kindness were in a little room in the hall next to the Holy Mother of Sorrows Church in Dupont. It’s where the Dupont Food Pantry gives out food each month. But this time, just in time for Easter, ham is included, thanks to a donation by the United Way.
“Especially with today’s times and the economy, I think it helps out a lot of people, especially the elderly people that are on fixed incomes,” said event organizer Stanley Knick.
Josie Wells of Pittston says she was happy to pick up some food for the holiday.
“Drinks, and I saw some canned goods, and some brownies, and we got ham, too,” said Wells.
Many of the people who come to this food pantry come every month, but they say this month is special because of the more than 100 hams that are being given out for Easter.
“I just retired about eight months ago, so it helps out,” said Peter Gaza of Dupont.
Gaza says he has six people to provide for at home. He says Easter is an expensive holiday to shop for, and he’s grateful to the volunteers who help make a nice meal for his family possible.
“They do a great job. They put a lot of time in. Like I said, we appreciate it,” said Gaza.