Packages with Purpose

A NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS have been pitching in over the last few weeks for “Operation You’re Not Forgotten” — a Meals on Wheels-type program that aims to reach out to people who are feeling the effects of COVID-19. Melody Caron and Lindsey Grunden deliver food packages to Don Jacob on Saturday.

Joleen baumann and her crew of volunteers are making sure those who feels isolated during the pandemic are well taken care of

By Per Peterson

JOLEEN BAUMANN talks about all the goodies that go into a typical meal delivery. Bags include hot food, fruit, snacks and fun things like crossword puzzles. There were even Mother’s Day boxes included for this past weekend’s delivery.

The former State Farm building on 4th St. in Tracy sat empty for months since it was purchased some 16 months ago. Not anymore.

The end loomed for the building, as it was slated to be razed to make room for a new business, but today it’s home to a makeshift assembly line filled with food, toiletries and puzzle books — all items used to fill care packages for Tracy residents as part of “Operation You’re Not Forgotten,” a grassroots effort spearheaded by Joleen Baumann to remind elderly or vulnerable residents that there are people out there thinking of them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We started with just about 15 people, but now we have 44,” said Baumann. “We’ve been doing this since March 28th, and it’s just been great. I’m overwhelmed by the community support. It’s pretty neat.”

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