Sheriff's Inmates Help with Holiday Food Off-Loading

Inmates unloaded 6,000 pounds of food for First Baptist Church pantry...
Sheriff's inmates unload a truck full of holiday food for the First Baptist Church Food Pantry in Hyannis. (Courtesy of Sheriff Cummings)

For the past 15 years or so, inmates from the Barnstable County Correctional Facility have been helping with virtually every monthly food delivery trucked from the Greater Boston Food Bank to the 1st Baptist Church pantry, seen here taking  place last week in downtown Hyannis.  So what happened was nothing new.

“But it remains very much appreciated,” says pantry director Cheryl Harju, who says the actual deliveries started even longer ago – about four decades back.  “We couldn’t do it without the inmates,” Harju noted, as about 6,000 pounds of food were hustled into the church storage area, bucket-brigade style.  Last month it was even more, about 8,000 pounds.

“We do have our faithful volunteers,” says Harju, “but the older they get the harder this job is for them.”  The director cited one hot day last summer when an elderly gentleman found himself in a bad way before huffing and puffing his way through to a safe outcome. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on