The National Guard was mobilized to help with food distribution in Ada Tuesday for the Beatitude program for the needy. Here, two National Guardsmen unload food commodity boxes.
The National Guard was mobilized to help with food distribution in Ada Tuesday for the Beatitude program for the needy. Here, two National Guardsmen unload food commodity boxes. (submitted photo)

ADA — Despite the coronavirus crisis, and resultant disruption of practically everything, the volunteers at Ada’s Beatitudes soldiered on this week.

This was normally the week in each month to dispense food commodity boxes from the West Ohio Food Bank for those in need in the area.

And while it looked, initially, like this might be curtailed, the National Guard stepped in and delivered the boxes to Beatitudes.

The Beatitudes’ Deb Curlis, who was helping distribute the boxes Tuesday morning — they were doing “drive-ups” to pick up the boxes — said she was heartened to see that in the midst of everything that the Ada community was pulling together to help each other.

Ms. Curlis explained that Beatitudes, a non-profit funded by area church members and others, generally serves free meals (four lunches and a dinner) five days a week. Many of the people who come are seniors.

However, they have had to currently suspend that because of the coronavirus situation. Ms. Curlis is the Funding Director for Beatitudes.