COVID-19 changed the anticipated use of a ramp built at the Fines Creek Community Center. The ramp was initially intended for handicapped access from east side to the west side of the old Fines Creek School.
It will still be used for that purpose when the social distancing guidelines have served their purpose and the operation of the Fines Creek Community Center returns to normal.
In the meantime, the ramp is being used to transport food boxes for residents in need.
The Fines Creek Community Association (FCCA) hosts a MANNA Pantry for the residents of the old Fines Creek school district. The stay at home order and job losses have increased the need for food in the Fines Creek community.
Due to COVID-19 changes in food distribution guidelines, all of the MANNA food must be delivered to recipients waiting in their cars in the front parking lot of the community center. FCCA’s
MANNA Pantry storage is in rooms in the back of the center. Food boxes must be transported from secure storage to waiting recipients.
Before the construction of the ramp, transport would have been by hand down a flight of steps. With the ramp in place food boxes are rolled on hand trucks to the parking lot.
FCCA volunteers gave out an estimated 4,500 pounds of food on the last distribution day. The volunteers did not have to carry this weight down steps but were able to roll the boxes on hand trucks. To quote Dale Ledford, FCCA vice president, “The ramp was a Godsend!”
The ramp was constructed through a grant from Grace Episcopal Church. FCCA volunteers built the ramp to allow handicapped access across the old auditorium.