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He recovered from COVID-19 and this man got a hero’s send-off leaving the hospital

PITTSBURGH — We know that the coronavirus pandemic is an overwhelming and stressful time for everybody, so we’re going to put together some positive things that are happening within our community to help those in need.

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It’s apparent that during hard times, the Pittsburgh region always comes together to help one another.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pa. providing food truck meals to needy communities

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pa. are teaming up with MedExpress Urgent Care to provide more than 1,500 free meals to local families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic in May.

They will bring Pittsburgh-area food trucks, including South Side BBQ, to six communities throughout the month of May in partnership with Allegheny County Housing Authority, Larimer Consensus Group and Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP).

Food trucks will offer families hot meals, free of charge, to help mitigate food insecurity in the wake of the pandemic.

"More than 90 percent of our Clubhouse members who have responded to wellness checks state that they're in need of resources like food and transportation is often a barrier to access," said Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri, President and CEO of BGCWPA. "With more than 40,000 children living on or below the poverty line in Allegheny County alone, we need as much support from the community as possible. MedExpress has so generously stepped up to ensure our youth know we will do whatever it takes to ensure they have great futures. We look forward to expanding the program in June in more communities as new partners join us."

According to a release, “MedExpress will also provide families with activity boxes that include kid-friendly projects and supplies like sidewalk chalk, crayons, jump rope and activity sheets to help children stay physically and mentally active during the shelter-at-home order.”

Local man given hero’s send-off leaving hospital after recovering from COVID-19

A Westmoreland County man who was in the hospital for seven weeks is finally home and he got a hero’s send-off.

Nurses and staff members at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital gave Mark Nicholas a standing ovation Wednesday as he left the hospital.

The 62-year-old had been there since March after he tested positive for the coronavirus, according to our news partners at

His family said thank you in the biggest way possible.

Over the past seven weeks, his wife raised more than $11,000 for the hospital’s pandemic response fund.

Penn Hills will host free food distribution

There are no income or residency restrictions for someone to come to the Victory Temple Original Church of God on Friday.

From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., boxes with food, snacks, paper and dry goods will be distributed.