MEDINA, Ohio — As the sun broke the horizon Thursday morning, volunteers cracked open boxes of food.
“We’re in a new world. There’s going to be more people in need,” said Sgt. Jeffrey Cain, Ohio National Guard.
Nearby, members of the Ohio National Guard helped direct a steady stream of cars at the Medina County Fairgrounds.
Nearly everyone behind the wheel showed up with stories of heartbreak - income lost and staples in the kitchen now in short supply.
“I’ve been unemployed because of all of this,” said Ashley Kruczek.
Kruczek and her three young children, ages 4, 2 ½ and 1, are relying on Feeding Medina County’s weekly food distribution to help fill an unexpected void after she lost her job at a massage parlor.
“Need some supplies. Anything and everything,” said Kruczek.
With each bag placed into cars, there was much more than a meal shared.
Volunteers were giving those facing adversity a much-needed sense of hope.
“It is wonderful. Thank you all so much for doing this,” said Vanessa Jones, Medina resident.
The demand here was up from last week, with many tapping into this resource for the first time.
“It’s a combination of: they are grateful and they had no idea these services were available in the county,” said Daniel Meagher with Feeding Medina County.
Within just a few hours, about 180 families drove away with a little less worry - at least for now.
“Oh my goodness. Thank you, thank you,” said Kruczek.
“We don’t care who or what you are, we’re going to feed you, take care of your family,” said Meagher.
If you’re in Medina County and need assistance with food, keep in mind Feeding Media County’s food pantry is open to all residents, but they need to meet income requirements.