CLEVELAND, Ohio — Streams of people, some wearing masks, carried grocery bags of food and supplies from the Journey Church parking lot in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood on a rainy Saturday.
Residents received some relief from the pressures of the coronavirus epidemic, as volunteers pushed through to distribute 24,000 pounds of food. Those in need could visit on foot or by car, with deliveries also available.
TownHall’s Bobby George, Cleveland councilwoman Jasmin Santana, Walmart, Journey Church, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett teamed up to put on the event. Garrett was not in attendance.
The event served more than 3,000 people, according to organizers.
Ohio is under what officials call a “stay-at-home” order, where business is reduced to basic operations to prevent people from gathering and potentially spreading the coronavirus. The hope is drastic measures will help mitigate the spread of the virus and prevent dangerous spikes of coronavirus cases.
In Ohio, 1,406 people have tested positive for COVID-19, and 25 have died, according to numbers released by the state on Saturday.
More than 187,000 Ohioans filed for unemployment benefits in the first week Gov. Mike DeWine began closing businesses, cleveland.com’s Evan MacDonald reported.
Along with canned goods, those in need could pick up bags of mixed salad greens and fresh fruits, and visit a snack section featuring assorted candies, chocolates and flavored popcorn bags.
And, in the midst of a dreary day, volunteers gave two lilies along with essential supplies, in honor of Easter. The event distributed 4,000 lilies.