SHAMOKIN — At least 3,500 cheeseburgers are planned to be handed out next week to area residents impacted by mitigation efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Through a partnership with Klacik and Associates, Full Service 122, Restoration Ministries Church and an anonymous local restaurant, volunteers will provide the pre-cooked cheeseburgers at no cost.
Distribution will take place at Restoration Ministries Church, at 525 W. Chestnut St., Shamokin, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; as well as 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Pastor Paul Eby explained that people will be instructed to enter through a side door and exit through the front door to encourage social distancing and protect the health of others.
Vinny Clausi said the church will distribute the cheeseburgers, which will be purchased by Klacik and Associates and Full Service 122, which is owned by his daughter, Nina.
Vinny Clausi, Eby and Caitlin Pita, manager of Klacik and Associates, said they partnered together after hearing about the affect the pandemic is having on local residents and businesses.
“It’s sad what’s happening,” Clausi said with tears in his eyes.
Eby said only one member of a household should attend and, if there is a line, should stand several feet apart. People are asked to bring their own bags, if they intend to take cheeseburgers home to family.
Pita said they plan on providing 3,500 cheeseburgers, but that could change depending on demand. They will review the situation next week and determine the best course of action.
“It will go four days. We are set for that,” she stressed. “It’s not limited to any age demographics or location. This isn’t just for Shamokin. Mount Carmel and Kulpmont are all part of the community. If you are impacted, come out.”
Clausi urged those capable of assisting others in need should do so as coronavirus measures put in place by local, state and federal governments continue to impact the area.
On behalf of Full Service 122, Clausi thanked Restoration Ministries Church, Klacik and Associates, and local press for what he said will be a project that will assist the area.
He remarked, “I see what’s going on in society, right now. I think it’s not just up to us to do this, but, I would urge other people to help the community, because it’s very important.”