Volunteers at the Corry Area Food Pantry are asking recipients to help make Friday's monthly distribution go more smoothly.
The pantry assists 350 families each month and the distribution process can be sped up if participants follow a few simple steps.
"Please, have room in your vehicles for the boxes of food," said Becky Lesik, warehouse manager for the Corry Area Food Pantry, 1318 W. Main St. "If people don't, it holds up the line and it's a safety issue. We can't unpack and pack people's cars for them."
Lesik is also asking recipients to be patient. With so many families receiving food, the distribution line can get long, but participants are being asked to be respectful.
"Just be kind," Lesik said. "Not only to each other but also to the volunteers. These are volunteers who have been called in their heart by God to help and they don't need to be yelled at."
With conditions forecasted to be rainy and icy during Friday's distribution, which is scheduled from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Lesik is reminding individuals to take it easy.
"It's going to be slippery," she said. "And do not line up before 8:30 a.m."
Lining up before 8:30 a.m. increases congestion on West Main Street and hinders residents who are attempting to drive through the area. Also, recipients must not block driveways and intersections, Lesik said.
Lesik added that there have been requests to deliver the food — which normally consists of two boxes of nonperishable items, a bag of refrigerated items and a bag of frozen food — to recipient's homes.
"We cannot deliver to people," she said. "It's a liability issue and we do not have insurance to do that."
If a driver got into an accident or was put into a dangerous situation while trying to make a delivery, the pantry does not have a policy to cover that type of incident.
"If someone can't come down to pick up their food, they can send someone down to get it for them," Lesik said.
The Corry Area Food Pantry has been serving residents for more than 30 years. The nonprofit provides food to the unemployed, underemployed and those on social security.
"We don't take people on welfare because they receive food stamps each month to buy groceries," Lesik said. "We also do emergency situations like families who lost their home in a fire or people who have just lost their jobs. We also assist the elderly on fixed incomes."
The food pantry is operated by a board of directors. In addition to Lesik, board members are Dick Lowe, president; Carol Kafferlin, secretary; Rhonda Roberts, assistant secretary; Dick Farver, treasurer; Jean VanTassel, assistant treasurer; Tom VanTassel, maintenance; Denise Chase, Feed America liaison; and George Kirik and Ronald Middleton.