Every year around this time, the Westlake Senior and Community Services Department holds its Easter Food Distribution program through which residents in need can make an appointment to receive vital food supplies..
Each family was provided a ticket with a time indicating when to show up to claim their food and received a treasure trove of essentials to take home without having to leave their cars. Families received a free turkey, fresh produce, a flower and other essentials.
It’s the sort of thing Community Services staffers do throughout the year – distributing food to people in need through the city’s Food Pantry – but its Easter and Thanksgiving distributions are especially largescale events. And given the number of families feeling the strain from COVID-19 orders to stay home and subsequent unemployment in many instances, this year’s Easter event is particularly important.
More than 50 families made the trip to the Community Services Center and at least a dozen others had their much-needed food baskets delivered to their homes.
The Community Services Department wants to thank Giant Eagle for its help fulfilling supply orders and Trader Joe’s for providing flowers to be distributed along with food items.