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Food fight ensues at mobile pantry

Patrick Kelly

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta speaks with volunteers at the Food Bank of the Rockies's Mobile Pantry on Tuesday. The pantry comes to Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way, once a month.

After being called to break up fights at Food Bank of the Rockies' Mobile Pantry in May, Craig Police Department officers were at the scene again Tuesday to keep people in line — literally.

"They've apparently had some issues in the past with people not wanting to take their turn," Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said.

The food truck comes to Moffat County Fairgrounds once a month and volunteers distribute the food. Seniors and people with disabilities are allowed to be first in line.

According to Rosemary Gordon, a volunteer with Food Bank of the Rockies, Ernie Day verbally threatened her after she told him to move to the back of the line May 12.

Gordon said Day abused the line system by going straight to the front the line with five other family members.

"Everybody says they they're disabled, that they're a senior, that they all feel they should be first in line," she said. "We're trying to fix that."

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Day said he is 65 and disabled, so he went to the front of the line with his wife and daughter. Gordon confronted him and told him he needed to move to the back. Day refused, and law enforcement eventually escorted him away from the scene.

Others have had similar issues with volunteers.

Barbara Nichols, 75, waited in line for food with her daughter and oxygen tank Tuesday.

Nichols said Gordon has told her to go back to the end of the line in the past.

"They told me I could get to the back of the line, they didn't care if I was disabled," she said. "I've never been treated so rude in my life."

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