For a quarter of a century, the Madison-Morgan Caring Place has served families in need with food, household items and other essentials.
“When it all started, we had no idea we would last this long,” said Nancy Pluckhan, director of Caring the Place, as she carefully packed boxes Friday morning with an assortment of food.
It’s where you’ll find Pluckhahn and other volunteers every Friday morning, lovingly packing packages for those in need. “All of our volunteers and donations from our generous community have made this possible all these years,” Pluckhahn said.
The Caring Place opened in March 1997 on Good Friday, making every Friday since “Good Friday” for struggling families in Morgan County. The Caring Place has become a vital food bank that local families rely on to help keep food on the table and cupboards filled during difficult times.
The Caring Place distributes more than 100 heavy boxes of food and other supplies each week, gathering on Friday mornings to assemble the boxes when families arrive for pickup.
“The box contains meat, canned or fresh vegetables, canned fruit, canned soup, bread, macaroni and cheese, rice, peanut butter, cereal, chicken or ham canned, candy, and miscellaneous items available or donated,” Pluckhahn explained.
During the holiday season, especially around Thanksgiving, the Caring Place assembles food boxes to facilitate a family feast filled with turkeys or hams and all the trimmings to ensure local families can enjoy a meal. traditional holiday set.
According to Pluckhahn, the Caring Place has about 30 regular volunteers, who collect donations and buy supplies during the week, then assemble boxes of food to distribute on Friday morning. The Caring Place uses monetary donations to purchase basic groceries at Walmart and Ingles. The center also receives a monthly delivery from the Atlanta Food Bank.
“We thank every individual, group, church, business, school or social organization who has so generously and wisely donated money or donated canned goods, eggs, fresh vegetables, plants, venison, beef and other miscellaneous items throughout these many years,” Pluckhahn said.
“A special thank you to our wonderful volunteers who work at The Caring Place during the week and/or on Friday mornings. The kindness and generosity of so many people for so long is proof that people in our community genuinely care about all of their neighbors in need.
Some of the volunteers have been dedicated to the Caring Place for years. Jane Phelps, who helps sort supplies and pack boxes, has been helping the community in this way since 2011.
“It’s a good group of people here for a good cause,” Phelps said as she stocked the shelves.
Former Morgan County Commissioner Ron Milton and his wife Carolyn Milton also volunteered at Caring Place for more than a decade. With a background in accounting, Ron helps oversee Caring Place’s financial records, but you’ll also find Ron and Carolyn unloading and packing boxes on Friday mornings as well.
“We are a family here,” Milton said.
To receive boxes of food from Caring Place, visit the center on Friday mornings between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. The Caring Place is located at 1140 Monticello Road in Madison, Suite 400. The Caring Place, which operated out of a building provided by the Conrads Family Foundation, is registered with the state as Madison-Morgan County Caring Place, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.
“We’re just happy to be able to help people,” Pluckhahn said. “Our sincere thanks to all of you for your support of The Caring Place and our neighbors in need.”