“We never know what they are bringing until (the truck) arrives,” she said. “It depends on what’s available.”
Sometimes the CHRC prepares hand-outs with cooking instructions and tips for some of the more obscure vegetables, Newcomb said.
Right now, the majority of recipients are families, but senior citizens are showing up in larger numbers, too, Newcomb said. “We’re seeing more clients across the board,” she said.
Lately, the CHRC has become a haven for the hungry. In addition to the Produce and Food Pantry programs, the center recently became the site for a soup kitchen operated by St. Mary/St. Frances Cabrini parish. The last soup kitchen attracted 70 people, Newcomb said.
Roach, who has coordinated many food-related programs for Conneaut since 2005, says hers is a “bittersweet job” that enjoys plenty of support from individuals and local organizations.
“We have a great community,” she said. “They still pitch in.”