The Griswold Senior Center is one of the busiest places in town, if not the busiest and most active. Lately the senior center with help from the United Way, they have been handing out food boxes to all and any that need, and it’s not just for seniors.
The latest Farm to Families distribution happened on Wednesday morning at the Griswold Senior Center from 9-11 which included dairy and produce inside of the boxes. All you had to do is drive up, there is no paperwork to file, they placed the box in your car, and that’s it. The program is first come first serve until they run out. Wednesday’s distribution saw 333 boxes go to families and seniors.
“We would place flyers on the front doors of senior housing before a box distribution. If a senior wanted a food box, they would call and we delivered it to them,” said Senior Center Director, Tina Faulk. The most that the senior center has given out is over 700 boxes during one particular food box drive.
It’s not just food boxes that the center is working on, there is much more. Now they shift their energy to a Christmas dinner consisting of ham and all the fixings, where Faulk says the center will deliver over 200+ meals. The center is also utilizing help from Griswold High School Students. Starting last year, GHS students, starting with the Freshmen only now have a requirement of completing 10 community service hours per year, 40 total before graduation. Since this is the 2nd year of that program, it’s both 9th and 10th graders. Faulk reached out to the high school program coordinator Michele Walworth to help with Christmas cards. Students are taking care of that as well as writing notes in the cards as well.