“We are passing out a lot of food. We are boxing everything up. I saw the crazy amounts of personal hygiene stuff, food, baby food. We are excited to see the joy on people’s faces.” — Ben.
From Teresa Varley at Steelers.com:
Ben and Ashley Roethlisberger and Vance and Kendi McDonald know that families are hurting right now. They know there is a need for the basic necessities, things as simplistic as bread and milk, with so many still impacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
That need, that lack of resources for so many, is why the Roethlisbergers and McDonalds once again teamed with Convoy of Hope to help those in Western Pennsylvania, in particular those in the New Castle community where Ashley Roethlisberger grew up.
“We want to help the community, this is my wife’s community, where she grew up in New Castle. We did one a few weeks ago at Heinz Field, so to be here in New Castle to help the community, it’s a way we can show our kids and the next generation it’s about love and helping others. It shouldn’t be about us. The more we can do, the happier we are.” — Ben.
The Roethlisbergers, McDonalds and Convoy of Hope worked with Jubilee Ministries International, Nourishing Others Well-Being Project and the Christian Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania to host a drive-thru food giveaway for up to 1,500 families.
There were cars lined up for more than a mile before the distribution even began, further highlighting how strong the need is.
“They have such a need here. Convoy of Hope, and all of the partners who are working together, can go to these smaller communities and provide more meals. There has always been a need to reach out and help. There have always been people who are struggling and in need of food and especially during these times, people who have normally been okay have found themselves in difficult situations. It was a blessing that the people in Pittsburgh have focused on what the needs in the city are and how we can meet them. We’re thankful for Convoy of Hope because that is their mission, to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. We’re just happy to be able to partner with them to feed families in need, the people who wouldn’t normally go to food banks or have those same connections can still go to these distributions and be fed through alternative ways. We are just happy to be able to help do that.” — Ashley.
This is the second of three distributions the Steelers are working with Convoy of Hope on this summer. The first was at Heinz Field and another will be held in Westmoreland County in August, in the community where they live.
There were over 8,000 boxes and bags of food available through the Roethlisbergers and McDonalds working with Farmers to Families Program and Convoy of Hope. Each family will receive fresh milk, quality dairy products, pre-made frozen meals for children under the age of 18 years of age, groceries, dry goods and boxes of fresh produce.
You can read more from Ms. Varley here.
You can learn more about Convoy of Hope & how you can help right here.
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