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Man delivers daily bread to Douglas County Senior Services

July 18, 2011

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Lawrence resident Chuck Benedict, 85, stacks loaves of donated bread along a table at the Douglas County Senior Center on Wednesday, July 13. Benedict says he’s been delivering the bread for about four years, picking up donations from the Clinton Parkway Hy-Vee store and from Checkers to distribute to local seniors.

Lawrence resident Chuck Benedict, 85, stacks loaves of donated bread along a table at the Douglas County Senior Center on Wednesday, July 13. Benedict says he’s been delivering the bread for about four years, picking up donations from the Clinton Parkway Hy-Vee store and from Checkers to distribute to local seniors.

Chuck Benedict was sitting in church one Sunday morning four years ago when the pastor was preaching about Jesus and Simon Peter.

The pastor was telling the story of how Jesus instructed Peter to feed his sheep and tend his lambs to prove his love and devotion. As he was listening, Benedict got an inspiration.

“I knew I could do more,” said Benedict, a part-time employee at Hy-Vee. He approached his employer with an idea.

“They agreed when I told them about the cause,” he said.

The cause was to better serve the Douglas County Senior Center in downtown Lawrence, delivering them bread.

“I’ve been delivering (bread) for four years now,” Benedict said.

Today, he gets bread from the Clinton Parkway Hy-Vee store, where he works as a greeter, and Checkers.

Benedict, 85, knows life can sometimes be hard for senior citizens.

“Most of them are on Social Security and are really poor, and don’t have extra cash to afford the little things,” said Benedict, who years ago operated a gas station along Route 66.

People are happy for the gesture.

“It’s good and cheap,” said Paul Penny, who visits the center daily to pick up a loaf of bread. “It’s nice to have and it’s good for everybody.”

Sometimes the seniors cannot get enough of the “good” bread and take a little more than maybe they can eat.

“I came in one day and this lady had her arms full with three boxes of bread, and she would’ve carried more if she had the room,” Benedict said.

Since then, the center has put a sign on the table where Benedict places the bread that asks people to take no more than two packages of bread.

“It goes fast,” said Carol Johns, part-time receptionist at the center.

Benedict is glad he got that inspiration at church that day.

“I really enjoy the smiles on people’s faces,” Benedict said. “I love people, and bringing smiles to faces is enjoyable for anybody, I think.”

Comments

Alceste 3 years, 5 months ago

What a swell guy....really.

However, isn't it a shame that the staff and the hand picked "volunteers" get first dibs on the donated bread? The needy get what the staff and volunteers don't want. DISGUSTING. It can only be hoped that the "new" Director will stop the practice of staff and hand picked volunteers taking the "good" bread first (as in whole grain bread). That's right....hand picked volunteers.

Alceste can count on both hands the number of people that haven't made the "cut" to be a volunteer for that joint because they didn't "fit in", "look right", "seem right", or whatever. That place is as much a social club as in other "not for profit" in the town. Boombabclots. May Babylon descend upon them......

redmoonrising 3 years, 5 months ago

I heard about this happening at another place where seniors live and bread and pastries were donated. There were those who were so greedy and took all they could for themselves and their families, leaving little for the others. Too bad. It is no longer offered.

This is such a nice gesture on the part of stores that donate, as well as probably helpful to them. And one has to appreciate the time and effort on the part of Mr. Benedict.

Alceste 3 years, 5 months ago

Alceste don't want no Danish....Alceste want his honey whole wheat from Great Harvest or ANY product from Great Harvest. It keep Alceste all regular and all......now......off to raise rents......thanks for your concern!

Currahee 3 years, 5 months ago

“I came in one day and this lady had her arms full with three boxes of bread, and she would’ve carried more if she had the room,” Greedy. Just greedy. I bet she wasn't even poor and just wanted to get her dirty hands on some free bread.

angelmom 3 years, 5 months ago

I guess the only fair way of distubuting the bread is for it to be thrown away and let the FREEGAN dig through the trash for it. I would like to think that the people who collect this stuff are honest enough to make sure the people who really need it, get it. I know that is not always the case, but I know Chuck is on the UP and UP!

Alceste 3 years, 5 months ago

The man devoting his time and heart to bringing access to this much needed resource is an Angel of Mercy.

HOWEVER: That being said, the Lawrence Senior Center has allowed their PAID STAFF and THEIR "volunteers" to have "first dibs" on the "good bread". There is no getting around this fact.

The folks from Great Harvest also donate to the Senior Center. Their "product" is and has been snarfed up by STAFF and "volunteers" prior to it being made access to the client. This type of preferential treatment has been made known to the "administrators" who have maintained it's a perfectly "OK" practice for the staff and volunteers to have "first dibs". However, that guy QUIT. Good Riddance.

We've a new administrator now....so let's all hope that no HEAVY MANNERS have to be put in place.....Heavy Manners being a term that is most appropriate for the NEW boss lady.......and Michael Manley would be watching very closely were he in Lawrence. On the other hand....if Eddy Seaga were doing the watching....well....that's a whole different story, eh?

david_ 3 years, 5 months ago

Hey alceste if you couldn't make the cut there as a volunteer there are plenty of other places you could try. Some may not be as picky.

avetaysmom 3 years, 5 months ago

I think its great that he does this, I wish all stores would participate in this, Dillons throws away so much at their stores its unreal! and wal-mart donates to harvestors which then takes the crap to kansas city! I feel it needs to stay here in Lawrence!

Lawrence Morgan 3 years, 5 months ago

All grocery and similar stores need to help. Surely, there are seniors and young people from all over Lawrence who would like to help.

There should also be a way to get the bread to other small towns.

Chuck Benedict is a wonderful person for doing this. Thank you, Chuck, and may you still live for many years!

Lawrence

TopJayhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

Walmart used to donate lots of food to the Rescue Mission here. Then of course one day some low-life decided to sue Walmart for food poisoning. Now they donate nothing. Can't blame them.

Bob Harvey 3 years, 5 months ago

Chuck is a true gem for Lawrence. It is always a treat to walk into HyVee during football or basketball season and see Chuck dressed in his KU uniforms greeting one and all to "his store". If you want an interesting chat and make a good friend, stop by for a moment when you visit this store and chat a bit with Chuck. From his time flying during World War II to his walking the survivor lap at the Relay for Life, Chuck will have some stories to share. Chuck you are one of a kind and Lawrence is better because you are here. I am fortunate to be able to call you a friend.

Kontum1972 3 years, 5 months ago

The Man is an Apostle.....and a Hero...Huwah!

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