CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – A food drive in Canfield reached its limit at 1 p.m. Friday, having to turn people away.
The Traveling Food Pantry food distribution was scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and asked the community to refrain from lining up before 1 p.m. However, more than 600 cars were lined up by that time, and cars had to be turned away.
Some people started showing up at 6:30 a.m. and were told to come back later.
Organizers had planned to feed 600 carloads of people.
“What we’re seeing at our food pantries across Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties is a lot of new faces, a lot of people coming to the pantries and distributions for the first time because they are laid off,” said Becky Page, of Second Harvest Food Bank.
The distribution is a result of a partnership between the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, the Canfield Fair Board, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the National Guard.
To meet the demand, two other food distributions are planned as part of the traveling food pantry — at 11 a.m. Monday, April 20 at Maplewood High School and Friday, May 1 at Beaver Local Schools.
Friday’s distribution location was strategically chosen to target the Valley’s neediest areas. The fairgrounds is a central location for many in need, but specifically, it’s easy for the Valley’s rural population to drive to — a population the pantry tells us is in great need of help during this crisis.