James Harris, an employee of Saint Francis Kitchen, hands food to Ryan Stefanovich and other volunteers, who helped to distribute it to seniors at Saint Catherine Manor in Dunmore on May 26, 2021.

DUNMORE – Residents living in two apartment complexes in Lackawanna County recently received a helping hand thanks to Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton.

On May 26, more than 50 elderly residents living at Saint Catherine Manor in Dunmore received fresh food and vegetables delivered to their door. A similar delivery took place for residents of Saint Michael on the Hill in Jessup on June 10.

Karen Beavers, a resident at Saint Catherine Manor for the last six years, greatly appreciated the extra assistance.

“Everything helps. Every little bit helps when you’re a senior,” Beavers said.

Ryan Stefanovich, a Catholic Social Services Relief Services Case Manager, said the residents received a number of different items.

“We have meat, chicken, hamburger, several canned vegetables, orange juice, tea and other things that the residents can use,” Stefanovich explained.

Catholic Social Services worked with Schiff’s to get all of the food delivered.

“Every little bit helps, especially in these unprecedented times,” Stefanovich added, referring to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Beavers said the food delivery is appreciated by residents – because many have medical conditions that make it hard to make frequent trips to the grocery store.

Asked what she will make with the food delivered to her, she responded, “I’ll probably make barbeque chicken!”