The Arnold Food Pantry Thrift Store reopened on May 11 after closing in early March to try to stem the spread of COVID-19. However, this Saturday (May 30) will be the first time the store will be open on the weekend since reopening.
The store, 2024 Key West Drive, will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Arnold Food Pantry executive director Ed Fitzhenry said.
He said the store has been open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays since May 11, and now it’s expanding those hours to include Saturdays.
“The store accounts for 40 percent of our needed revenue, and the rest comes from fundraisers and donations,” Fitzhenry said. “It is nice to see customers who have frequented our store in the past are coming back.”
Fitzhenry said the store is closed on Thursdays because that is when the food pantry serves its customers for the week and there is not enough parking.
Because of the pandemic, those who come to the pantry for food remain in their vehicles while volunteers, who wear masks and gloves, go to the vehicles and get some information. Then, the clients drive to the back of the pantry, where volunteers load the food into their vehicles.
Fitzhenry said the volunteers inside the pantry also wear gloves and masks, and they adhere to the social-distancing recommendations as much as possible while inside the building.