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Arroyo Grande church partners with the SLO Food Bank for weekly grocery distributions

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Posted at 7:07 PM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 22:55:20-04

For nearly two months, Everyday Church in Arroyo Grande has distributed food to community members as part of their response to the COVID-19 outbreak and they plan to keep helping.

Food distributions happen every Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at 1052 East Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande.

“During this time there will be a lot of people who need extra help and we wanted to be part of the solution to what’s happening and just give out simple groceries to help out as best as we can," said Rachel Norburn, the teaching Pastor for the church.

Each week, the church said its giving out food to more than 100 families.

“Just 300 families which is just around 800 to 1,000 people that have received food from us so far,” added Norburn.

Funding for the food comes from the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County and from churchgoer donations.

The church members said they also started providing additional resources for those who may be struggling emotionally due to the crisis.

“We started a counseling ministry where they meet online via Zoom or in parks as long as they are keeping their social distancing," said Sonya Lovell, the Outreach Coordinator for the church. "We’ve had a lot of people sign up for that as well as other ministries we started during this time.”

As of Sunday there is no end date to the distributions.

To find out more about the distributions, click here.