COITSVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – Hundreds of local families struggling in the Valley have dinner on their tables thanks to a last-minute giveaway in Coitsville on Friday.
As many as 2,200 boxes of food arrived at Victory Christian Center Friday morning — double what organizers expected. Each box contained about 30 to 40 pounds of food.
It’s part of the federal Farmers to Families program.
“It’s been a hard year, I think, for a lot of people. It’s important to meet people where they’re at and touch the needs of people,” said Maria Hedglin, giveaway organizer.
Church organizers say they received twice as many boxes as they had anticipated and because of that, they are driving the boxes around the community to distribute them, in addition to their drive-thru.
“There was a drop-off location over in Cleveland that canceled on Farmers to Families, so yesterday they called me and asked if we could take a secondary truck,” Hedglin said.
They received so much food they started giving boxes to other organizations to help give them away.
“It doesn’t matter to us who is giving out the food. We want to make sure it goes to families in need,” Hedglin said.
Church organizers encouraged those who came to pick up food to take extra boxes to give to friends, family and neighbors.
“Some of the families I came to pick up for they don’t have a vehicle, so anytime there is a food giveaway, I find out about it and try to distribute the food to the needy,” said LaDonna McRae.
Many of those going through rough times blame COVID-19. Cathy Pugh is one of them.
“We have a lot of need in our family. A lot of people don’t have jobs, no work. My neighbors on both sides of me and down the road. nobody has any work,” she said.
Those who came through the pick up line left with full trunks and later – full bellies.
Victory Christian Center still has more food giveaways coming up. The next one will be from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at its Columbiana location, at 350 State Route 7.
Giveaways are also planned on October 16 and 30 at the Boardman campus, and another is scheduled for at the Coitsville location on Oct. 23.