02 November 2009
The News Virginian

LYNDHURST—All the leaves had changed, but Tanya Gigliotti just pushed them aside with her feet. Her job never changes with the season and there were more boxes to carry.

Gigliotti, 50, started the local chapter of Restoration Ministries Global with her husband in 1995, and it became a way for her to live a full life. Every week she and a team of volunteers load a van full of donated food, transport it to Gigliotti’s pantry in Lyndhurst, separate the items into boxes, reload the van and begin deliveries.

Last year they fed more than 800 people a week. This year the need has almost doubled. More than 1,400 people sign up for the food service, the consequence of recession and area job losses, she said.

The increase in need changed the face of volunteerism and giving, Gigliotti said.

“It’s gone down almost half,” she said. “A lot of the people that were helping us just aren’t giving right now. They’re volunteering, but they’re using us, too.”

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