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May 17

CRC joins with others to celebrate Jack

VIDEO  The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging has announced its 2017 inductees into the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

At least one name and face should be familiar to anyone who has visited the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center’s Choice Food Pantry. Jack Scott, the longtime volunteer for CRC’s pantry, is now a Hall-of-Famer!

Here’s what COAAA posted about Jack on its website announcing the winners:

“The effort that Jack Scott devotes to the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center (CRC) is truly remarkable.  He volunteers nearly 40 hours a week at CRC’s Choice Food Pantry.

“He makes sure the food inventory is organized, sorted and well displayed for the hundreds of people who visit the pantry on a daily basis.  Jack plays a huge role in helping the CRC serve thousands of people every year.”

The class was formally indicted during a public ceremony at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at the Martin Janis Center.

To view a video from the ceremony, please click here.

Next time you see Jack, be sure to thank him for his service and congratulate him on this well-deserved honor!

For information on the other inductees this year, please click here.

Here’s the text of the CRC’s nomination for Jack:

“Jack Scott is a blessing to the thousands of people who are served by the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center’s Choice Food Pantry.

“He is one of the busy volunteers who make the pantry work. Jack volunteers at the CRC’s facility every weekday to make sure the food inventory is organized, sorted and well-displayed for the hundreds of people who will visit on a daily basis from across Franklin County.

“A lifelong resident of Columbus, Jack, 87, learned his organizational skills first while working as a stock manager at H.L. Green Five-and-Dime in downtown Columbus and then later as a machinist and tool maker. A graduate of East High School in 1948, Jack served with the 3rd Marines. The Korean War veteran returned from his tour of duty to settle in Columbus to raise his family.

“Despite his age, he is never shy about rolling up his sleeves and carrying cases of canned food or bags of fresh produce. He keeps the storerooms organized; making sure the CRC has plenty of supplies and food.

“He stays late every Tuesday, to help coordinate the unloading and storage of 5 tons of produce delivered by the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. When the CRC began an end of the year inventory process, Jack took the reins and made sure the CRC’s items were counted efficiently and properly.

“Along with Jack’s knowledge and self-motivation to do a good job – which is an inspiration to the many young people who work alongside him – the CRC is fortunate to have such a positive and happy presence in its pantry. He encourages new volunteers, and welcomes them in to help in the important work being done at CRC.  He smiles and makes volunteers and neighbors in need feel comfortable.

“Most importantly, he sets such a great example for everyone who visits the CRC. He works as hard as anyone, and harder than most, to get the food properly organized.  He almost always has a positive attitude even after his 2-mile bicycle ride to the pantry in cold and snowy weather.

“Jack, who calls himself “just an ordinary guy,” raised four children with his wife Loretta, who passed away in 1986. Their two sons and two daughters, including one son who has passed away, have given him 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

“He plays a huge role in helping the CRC serve thousands of people every year – from the homeless man who needs a sack lunch to the family visiting for a cart filled with groceries for the month, to the lonely senior who attends one of the CRC’s three hot meals served every week.

“Jack gives so generously of his time and energy so that others may receive help with the most basic human need – food. To contribute his time, nearly 40 hours a week, and his energy without pay is just a remarkable example to others.”