With Crawford County now in the green phase, many previously-closed charitable organizations are beginning to open once more.
The Meadville Community Soup Kitchen plans to reopen on Monday, according to its director, Beverly Nutter. Social-distancing rules and the wearing of face masks will be enforced at the kitchen, which has been closed since March 13.
"If you don't have a face mask, no food," Nutter said.
Located at Stone United Methodist Church on South Main Street, the soup kitchen will have signs to direct visitors to use only one entrance and one exit.
The soup kitchen usually ends serving around 12:30 p.m., but Nutter said it may run longer as social distancing may slow down the flow of people. The kitchen is open weekdays starting at noon.
The Center for Family Services Thrift Store on West Center Street began accepting donations this week and plans to reopen on Monday in a limited capacity. The store is accepting donations between 9 and 11 a.m. on weekdays. Once it's open for customers, the store will operate from noon to 4 p.m., with donations being taken from 9 to 11 a.m. weekdays.
Those hours will be in effect until the end of June. A grand reopening, featuring a return to the store's normal hours, is tentatively planned for July 6. The grand reopening is subject to change depending on the availability of staff or increases in cases of COVID-19.
The store asks customers to wear a face mask when entering. Hand sanitizer will also be available at the front of the store and in the bathrooms.
Two separate thrift stores, the Salvation Army's on Conneaut Lake Road and Second Chance's on Park Avenue, reopened a few weeks ago on May 12. Both are operating on reduced hours, with the former running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, while the latter is operating from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Both thrift stores are accepting donations, though Second Chance asks folks to call ahead of time, as donations will be unloaded at the back door of the store.
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