Coronavirus: Arizona church offers drive-thru donation pickups

Arizona church offers drive-thru donation pickups amid coronavirus pandemic

GLENDALE, Ariz. — An Arizona church is helping ease the stress for needy families during the coronavirus pandemic -- and church staffers are doing it in a way that adheres to social distancing guidelines.

Vineyard Church North Phoenix is offering a drive-thru donation pickup for people who need food, cleaning supplies and paper goods, KNXV reported.

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Church officials said the donation spot was open to all residents; one does not have to be a church member to take advantage.

The church, located in Glendale, will dispense supplies from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., according to KNXV.

“We have a food bank that operates seven days a week, and like every other church in town, we have been thrust in having all of the activities we primarily have being moved to online,” Vineyard pastor Matt Turrigiano told KTVK. “But we said, we want to do everything we can to keep our food bank open.”

Turrigiano said the food bank already serves 250 families a week, the television station reported. The drive-thru idea will comply with city and state guidelines while providing needed goods to families.

“We want to keep everyone safe. We want to be able to stay open,” Turrigiano told KTVK. “The cars will pull up, they’re going to be asked how large their household is, and then based on that, they will be receiving nonperishable food items.”

Some of the items included are pasta and tuna fish, canned goods and cereal, Turrigiano told the television station.

People who want to donate supplies or money can click here.

Food banks, like this one in New York, are conducted indoors. An Arizona church has set up an outdoor pickup for food and supplies.
Food banks, like this one in New York, are conducted indoors. An Arizona church has set up an outdoor pickup for food and supplies. (Rob Kim/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City)