PHOTOS: Downtown Food Distribution Gives 'Comfort And Security' To Pittsburgh Families

Apr 10, 2020

Vehicles lined the streets around Pittsburgh's downtown hockey arena Friday to receive boxes of non-perishable products and frozen meats distributed by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Charlese McKinney, network development director with the food bank, said the group was prepared to distribute 1,300 boxes of food shares to Pittsburgh families and expected to reach that number.

"We've all been working to pull this off to serve families at a time when they're just uncertain about what the next day is going to bring," McKinney said. "Many of them have not found themselves in this position before, it's something new to them. So we want to make sure that we're welcoming them with open arms and giving them some comfort and security in these uncertain times."

The Pittsburgh Police, National Guard, Pittsburgh Penguins, City of Pittsburgh and a large number of Food Bank volunteers helped make the distribution event possible. The streets around the arena parking lot in Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District were rerouted so vehicles could wait in line. The event took place from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.