The Giving Table held its fourth relief goods distribution last Friday at the Dandan bus stop in front of the Dandan Middle School.
About 160 bags were given out to people in need of food, said Rep. Edwin K. Propst (D-Saipan), one of the organizers of the weekly food drive.
What has become apparent that morning, Propst said, is that the demand for food during this time of COVID-19 is rapidly growing.
“In The Giving Table, you could get as many as you could, but the demand we had this morning made us come to a decision to give out one bag per car. The demand is huge and in 20 minutes it was gone,” he said. “There are a lot of people in the community who lost their jobs and do not qualify for federal assistance under the Nutrition Assistance Program and WIC.”
Propst said all bags were given out and he wishes that they were able to give more.
“This Giving Table does not receive a penny in local or federal taxpayer funds. Whatever is given away comes from the generous hearts of friends and family. Thank you to Paul Plunkett and his son who helped bag and distribute, along with Vince Camacho and Sal Limes,” he said.
“All donations have come from social networks of friends and family members. It has grown through word of mouth. My hope is to see a non-profit or group lead this or something similar for every village as we see hundreds of families struggling due to this pandemic,” Propst added.
The lawmaker also said that residents need disaster food stamps. “We need to remember those who do not qualify for any federal assistance. The need is great right now, we must do whatever we can to help the most vulnerable in our community.” (Chevy Alipio)