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Many Hands group wraps up grocery partnership

Demand lessens for volunteer shoppers, home deliveries

PRINCETON — Many Hands Make Light Work will end its partnership with Sullivan’s Foods after Friday, May 29.

The partnership began on April 3 to add additional curbside pickup and home delivery to help prevent the COVID-19 spread. Two days a week, volunteers from the local group met at the grocery store to help with tasks such as answering phone orders, filling those orders, loading the groceries into customers’ vehicles and delivering orders to the homes of customers.

Amy Mack, who leads the volunteer organization, said while the partnership has gone very well and many grocery orders were filled, the orders have started to slow down and there is no longer a need for the extra help. Plus, many volunteers who were helping with the orders have been called back to work as some shelter-in-place regulations have been lifted.

“It was a great service for the community. It was a hard thing to run, because it was a hit or miss. We never knew how many orders we’d have each day,” Mack said.

The volunteer help started with 35 people, and as more became aware of the partnership, Mack said more people would show up to Sullivan’s to help on Tuesdays and Fridays. She estimated more than 50 people were involved in the efforts throughout the partnership.

“My take away from this is that if we rally around each other when things happen in our community, we can really get through anything,” Mack said. “I feel like we’re a small enough town and we need to focus on that if something happens, we can get through it if we do it together.”

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