SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield's Open Pantry community services face an Easter Sunday crisis.
The agency has too few volunteers for its community dinner and for delivering food to hundreds of shut ins.
Open Pantry told 22News fewer people volunteer for the Easter Sunday dinner than on Thanksgiving and Christmas day. The Pantry needs 20 volunteers to serve Easter dinner at Commerce High School. Up to now only a few people have come forward.
Candace Larger told 22News, "We also need drivers who are going to deliver the meals to handicapped people, elderly, people who are shut ins, and this is their only source of a holiday meal. It's kind of critical."
Open pantry needs 40 drivers to deliver 500 meals. So far just 12 have volunteered. A lot of people depend on the Open Pantry for Easter Sunday dinner.
"We don't get that kind of meal out here," said Bill Graham of Springfield. "It's better than cooking, it's hard for a man like me, I live alone."
"All these people, they don't have a place to eat and sleep that night," said Rafael Gonzalez of Springfield. "The shelter is open for all of them, we take care of each other."
A homeless man told 22News, he would help serve his friends at Commerce High School Easter Sunday afternoon. But the Open Pantry still needs to find people who'll deliver meals to hundreds of shut ins that day.
To volunteer either as a driver or a server, please call the Open Pantry at 413-737-5337.