For Immediate Release 3/24/2020 Expecting as much as a 200% or greater increase in food need for Washington County, Greater Washington Community Food Bank has confirmed sites for April distributions, which will transition to the Truck to Trunk drive-thru delivery model. Individuals and Families that regularly receive food from the Food Bank will find their location below. Individuals and Families who recently signed up will receive contact from GWCFB staff to confirm their location to attend. Greater Washington County Food Bank needs community support in the form of donations and volunteers so that it can assure no one who needs food will go without it. The Truck to Trunk model, which was piloted in 2019, requires little to no person-to-person contact and eliminates the need for vulnerable populations to gather. Staff and volunteers of the Food Bank will load boxes directly from their Food Bank trucks into the client’s trunk, so they don’t even have to step out of their vehicle. At the current time, this is the safest model for both Food Bank staff and Clients. “If you, or someone you know, needs food, we can get it to you, near your home, in a way that does not risk anyone’s health,” reiterated Lorraine Johnson, Pantry Liaison. “This is what we want people in need, who are vulnerable, to know. There is a safe way to get food and supplies.” The Food Bank will use its Facebook page and Website as tools to keep those it serves up to date, as well as sending emails. Anyone who wants to stay informed should make sure they follow those and sign up to receive emails on the website (www.gwcfb.org). Greater Washington County Food Bank’s website has an online form that allows people who find themselves unemployed with no income to apply for emergency food assistance. It also has an online form that lets people designate a proxy to pick up their food for them. For those who do not need emergency food, and can help those who do, there are a couple of ways to help. Healthy people who have not had contact with a Covid-19 patient can volunteer to help pack boxes and distribute them. Cash donations, as well as donations of bulk food and health and beauty supplies are, and will continue to be, in great need. Those items include:
Canned sauces (spaghetti sauce, etc.)
Canned meat (chicken, etc.)
Dry product (crackers, stuffing, etc.)
Snacks (granola bars, sweet treats, etc.)
Drinks (water, juices, pop, etc.)
Health and Beauty (soap, cold medicine, toiletries, etc.)
MENASHA of Ruffs Dale, PA has donated 7,000 boxes for use for April distributions. Greater Washington County Food Bank’s Truck to Trunk Distribution Sites for April, 2020 are: Site 1: April 4, 2020 from 9:00AM to 11:00AM, California, Beth Center, Centerville, Coal Center, Marianna, and Ellsworth Pantries are to go to Grace United Methodist Church, 420 California Dr., Coal Center, PA 15417 Site 2: April 7th, 8th, & 9th, from 9AM to 12PM Community Circle Pantry, 69 West Pine St., Washington, PA 15301 Site 3: April 11, 2020, from 9AM to 11AM, Tylerdale and Meadowlands Pantry are to go to Tylerdale Pantry at the Fourth Presbyterian Church 1000 Jefferson Ave, Washington, PA 15301 Site 4: April 13, 2020, from 11AM to 12PM, McGuffey & Prosperity Pantries are to go to McGuffey Pantry 4170 Route 40 (across all from Sunset Beach), Claysville, PA 15323 Site 5: April 15, 2020, from 8:30AM to 11AM, Allenport & Charleroi Pantries are to go to the Allenport Pantry 1850 Main St, Allenport, PA 15412 Site 6: April 16, 2020, from 12PM to 2PM, Donora Pantry will go to Mon Valley Youth and Teen Center, 160 Thompson Ave., Donora PA 15033 Site 7: April 16, 2020, from 10AM to 12PM and 4:30PM to 6PM, Monongahela Pantry will go to 1st United Methodist Church, 430 W Main St, Monongahela PA 15063 Site 8: April 17, 2020, from 9AM to 12PM, Canonsburg, Finleyville, and Peters Township Pantries are to go to Canonsburg Pantry, Canonsburg UP Church, 112 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, PA 15317 Site 9: April 22, 2020, from 9:30AM to 11AM, Burgettstown & Avella Pantries are to go to Burgettstown Pantry 1616 Smith Twp State Rd, Rt 18, Atlasburg, PA 15004 Site 10: April 22, 2020, from 8:00AM to 9:30AM, McDonald Pantry at McDonald Borough Building, 151 School St., McDonald, PA 15057 Food recipients will receive confirmation and instructions. For additional information contact Peggy Grimes, Assistant Executive Director and Warehouse Manager, (724) 632-2190 ext 101, email@example.com.