The Rappahannock Food Pantry, with the generous financial assistance of Union First Market Bank and others, set out on its annual mission this past week to provide more than 200 families a turkey dinner and all the fixings this Thanksgiving. Over the weekend and Monday and Tuesday, about 100 volunteers manned the distribution chain, loading almost 12,000 pounds of food into vehicles for needy families. Blue Ridge Food Bank provided about 6,900 pounds of turkeys, with more provided by Wegman’s and the Pantry itself — everything from potatoes to jams, potatoes, fresh carrots and greens, and pies donated by Rappahannock County High School’s culinary arts students.
Among the volunteers who showed up over the weekend to assemble more than 200 boxes filled with dried goods were Union First regional vice president Mike Leake (second from left) and the Rappahannock branch’s Kelly Jo Settle (left) and Jason Brady (right) and his daughter Tana. Guarding the box store are David Morrow (right) and Food Pantry president Noel Laing, and manning the turkey table were students of RCHS teacher Beth Gall, including (from left) Nick Strother, Emily Allen, Courtney King, Ashleigh Pullen and Nathan Strother.