ROCKFORD — In a span of about 30 minutes on Monday, volunteers from City First Church and Northern Illinois Food Bank handed out food to roughly 250 families driving through the church parking lot.
The food, enough to feed about 1,000 people, was placed in the trunks of vehicles by volunteers wearing masks and gloves. Each recipient was asked to remain in their vehicle with windows up in an effort to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, the potentially fatal respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.
"We’re so thankful that as a church we’ve been able to meet a tangible need here in our community," said Adam Seaton, spiritual growth pastor for City First Church.
Last month, City First Church partnered with Convoy of Hope, a global humanitarian organization, to provide food to 600 households. The church is working to be able to offer food on a consistent basis, Seaton said.
Church members are also volunteering to pick up groceries for elderly and immune-compromised residents.
For information on the program, visit cityfirst.church/covid-19-response.
Freelance correspondent Susan Moran contributed to this report.
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