Local Church's Outreach Program Feeds Families During Coronavirus Crisis

Wendy Bell
March 24, 2020 - 10:00 am

When I saw the news headline, “Church in Cranberry Township Becomes Food Distribution Center During Coronavirus Crisis,” I quickly reached for my phone. The man who answered on the other end, I would soon come to learn, had so much more to share than a simple headline could suggest.

The place of worship starring in this Coronavirus Kindness story today is the non-denominational Victory Family Church whose 4,000 worshippers enjoy two campuses, one in Cranberry, the other in Newcastle. Their “Help Your Neighbor” outreach program is remarkable proof that everyday people are doing incredible things to help the hurting during this frightening crisis.

“We get caught up in our everyday lives,” Pastor John Nuzzo told me. “Rarely are we given an opportunity to make a difference in a tangible way. This is one of those times.”

With all places of worship and thousands of schools across America on temporary closure, Victory Family faithful have not only turned their Cranberry campus into a food distribution center, their Newcastle campus is preparing meals for residents in need.

“We launched this service three or four weeks ago with the help of the New Castle School District to feed school kids who rely on school lunches they’re no longer receiving," Pastor John explained. “We understand that there are children who will not be eating, and we can’t have that.”

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Between 5:30-6:30PM Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Victory Family Church and the Newcastle School District prepare and serve 400-500 meals residents can drive-through and receive, completely without charge. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, volunteers will add groceries to the drive-through services provided.

Back in Cranberry, Pastor John says the faithful are working with local and national businesses to provide canned goods and non-perishable items to neighbors in need.

“We have two huge WalMart tractor trailers full of food coming later this week,” the pastor explained. “It’s really amazing.”

Neighbors helping neighbors, right here in your backyard, Pittsburgh.

How beautiful.

You can enjoy my conversation with Pastor John Nuzzo by clicking here.