Friday afternoon, Laura Wyler was sorting canned goods — not to take home, but to send home with someone else.
Wyler was at First Christian Church of Newton, sorting USDA commodities for distribution Saturday.
“I’ve had to have help in the past,” Wyler said. “This is my way of giving back — my way of giving help to those who need it.”
Food showed up by truck Wednesday morning and was sorted on Friday afternoon. Between 160 and 190 qualifying families were expected come to the church to pick up commodities.
“We have a lot of regular people who come,” said volunteer Melody Strahan. “It is a joy for us to see them.”
USDA commodities are available from 8:30 to 10 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at the north entrance of First Christian Church, 102 E. First St. Commodities are free for persons and families who meet income requirements. Recipients must bring proof of income statements, Vision Card or other documents showing their qualifications under Social Rehabilitation Services guidelines.
This month included in the distribution will be whole grain rotini pasta, whole kernel corn, corn and rice cereal, apricot halves, green beans, fig pieces and cranberry apple juice.
All of it was being sorted Friday — about 10 volunteers were at the church on Friday afternoon to prepare today’s boxes and bags.
“God has done so much for us,” said Caleb Strahan. “This is the least we can do for him.”
For more information about the program, contact Andrew Pineda at  (316) 804-0042.