Beginning Thursday, October 1, our weekly meal distribution will change to Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot at Otterbien United Methodist Church in Greensburg. All meals will be individually packed and distributed for take-out. Doors open at 4:45 p.m.
Feeding the Spirit will continue to take all precautions to practice safe social distancing. There will be 2 options for distribution:
1) Walk-Thru - Walkers may enter the side entrance of the church for pick up.
2) Drive-Thru - Those individuals in cars will gather in the upper parking lot across from the train station and will be directed to pickup the meal in the church parking lot.
We are looking for the day to gather once again in fellowship hall at the church, but until then we welcome our guests on Thursday evenings outside of the church to take home a warm meal.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 11
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
6130 US-30, Greensburg
Becoming a distribution point for more than food, FTS has been handing out information on gun safety and other food assistance programs offered by Westmoreland County Food Bank and Otterbein United Methodist Church, just to name a few. Over these past few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of new faces through car windows and on park amphitheater seats as folks come through the drive-in or walk up distribution lines. This speaks powerfully to the emerging and real needs that we are working to address.
Since the threat of COVID-19 shut down our Thursday evening meals at Otterbein United Methodist Church, we have seen the Greensburg community show it’s true caring and giving character. With the gracious support of area restaurants, we began distributing free weekly meals at St. Clair Park on April 26. In the six-week period during which these restaurants were closed to dine-in customers, they provided nearly 2000 warm meals. We gratefully acknowledge their contributions:
Please consider patronizing these establishments that were so helpful to our community in this time of crisis.
To augment the hot meal distribution, FTS has been purchasing frozen meals through an arrangement with The Nutrition Group. This has allowed up to double to number of meals that we were able to offer and provide our guests with additional food. Very quickly, this event evolved into ‘meals and more’, with donations of infant diapers from the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank, adult diapers The Disabilities Options Network, naloxone from the county Drug Overdose Task Force, toilet paper from Senior Life, bottled water from Pantalone Funeral Home, goodie bags from RSVP and Giant Eagle, pet food from Wayward Whiskers and Green Hill Veterinary Clinic and home-baked cookies from FTS volunteers. FTS has also received financial support from J Corks, Headkeeper, Community Foundation of the Alleghenies, The David and Marjorie Reese Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County for provision of both the restaurant-prepared and frozen meals.
Some of you may be old enough to remember David Frost’s show form the 70’s, That Was the Week That Was’. Decades later, 2020 may well go down in history as ‘the year that wasn’t’. Because of ongoing uncertainties relating to life in a global pandemic, FTS has chosen to cancel our annual fundraiser, originally rescheduled for October 9. Mark your calendars and save the date: Friday May 14 at Rizzo’s in Crabtree. Expect twice as much fun to compensate for waiting a whole year to gather and celebrate!
9th Annual Feeding the Spirit Fundraiser
May 14, 2021 | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Rizzo's Malabar Inn