To the editor:
Even after four and a half years and several thousand dollars in repairs the old metal roof covering the Juniata County Food Pantry continued to leak. This created a hazard for the food and supplies stored within - food that more than 1,000 Juniata County residents count on each month for survival.
Finally, on a perfect, sunny Friday morning recently an old-fashioned roof-raising took place at the food pantry on Main Street in Mifflintown. Upon arrival, volunteer crews from L&R Roofing, Fisher Brothers Builders, Valley View Construction and Rickenbaugh Building Supply immediately began removing the old roof. Meanwhile a ground crew made up of volunteers from the food pantry and Matamoras United Methodist Church hauled the scrap metal to a waiting truck donated by Cocolamus Creek Disposal. By lunch time a shining new roof, provided at below cost by Fabral Roofing in Lancaster, was solidly nailed in place. Afterward all volunteers were served a bountiful feast provided by food pantry volunteers and the great cooks from Port Royal Lutheran Church and Matamoras and Trinity United Methodist Churches.
The Juniata County Food Pantry is also very grateful to Tom Leiter and the Mifflintown Hose Co. for volunteering their bucket truck and crew to take down the food pantry's hanging sign, and forever thankful to all the generous donors who "pitched' in to pay for the roofing materials.
Food Pantry Inc.