Pirates help Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank feed local families

Pirates help Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank feed local families

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank teamed up to help feed hundreds of local families.

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The drive-up food distribution event Saturday morning took place in the parking lots on the North Shore near PNC Park. The event was funded by the Pirates through a $50,000 donation to the food bank earlier in the week.

Each vehicle was provided with three boxes of fresh food, which was about 75 pounds. Drivers entered the lot, told volunteers how many people they were caring for and the prepacked boxes were loaded into the trunk.

The donation will provide 250,000 meals. Pirates President Travis Williams talked about the event.

“There is definitely a need in these times of crisis. We are a sports town. That’s what Pittsburgh is, and so sports towns come together like teams and they all work together to support one another, and that’s what we’re doing as the Pittsburgh Pirates,” said Williams.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the demand for food is growing, but the food bank said they have plenty of food and will continue to feed those who need it.

For more drive-thru distribution dates, visit the food bank’s Facebook page.

Local food banks working on alternative ways to safely distribute items amid coronavirus