Lincolnview senior Adia Welch stacks milk from the Western Ohio Food Bank to be given away at Trinity Friends Church on Tuesday morning. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)
Lincolnview senior Adia Welch stacks milk from the Western Ohio Food Bank to be given away at Trinity Friends Church on Tuesday morning. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)

VAN WERT – Thanks to food provided by West Ohio Food Bank on Tuesday morning, a large number of area residents had a greater abundance of food at their supper table in the evening.

Large lines of cars formed on the east side of Trinity Friends Church between 10 a.m. and noon to receive food being distributed as part of an area-wide effort from Ohio Food Bank. In addition to Van Wert County, food was has also been distributed in Paulding, Putnam, Allen and Mercer counties.

Volunteers gathered from throughout the community to help assist with the distribution. Assistance was also provided by the local United Way and senior class members from Lincolnview High School as a service project.

“This is really awesome,” said Karter Tow, a Lincolnview senior. “It allows us to give back to the community that has provided for us. It is such a good cause. There are a lot of families here. It makes you really feel good to be able to do something like this.”

Items distributed included milk, cheese, produce, meat, baked goods and mac and cheese, said United Way Director Vicky Smith.

“Lincolnview donated a lot of labor,” said Smith. “Seniors came as a student service project.”

“Cars pull up and the people fill out forms,” continued Smith. “Then we take food to them. There are residents here from both Paulding and Van Wert counties.”

Smith said that she never ceases to be amazed by the way that Van Wert County residents get involved in such efforts.

“People in Van Wert County have such giving hearts,” said Smith. “I am always so impressed with the response in efforts such as this. People in this county really take care of their own. It is such a big help.”

“I really enjoy helping families get food,” said Lincolnview Senior Cassidy Sell. “It’s so sad to think that there are people around us who don’t have enough money to purchases groceries for their families. We all enjoy helping those that don’t have enough money to support themselves. It makes us feel happy to help them.”

Adia Welch said that her family visits Trinity Friends Church for family gatherings and for the winter basketball program.

“It’s good to do something special we’ve never done here before,” observed Welch. “I really wanted to come and help with this.”

Smith especially expressed “thank you” to Ohio Food Bank for their generous concern with the needs in the Van Wert area.