By Brenda Waters

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – In this season of giving, there’s a big effort to help more than a thousand Pittsburgh families going on in the East End.

Food and other supplies loaded in two tractor-trailers are being handed out until 6 p.m.

“It’s awesome to help everyone who needs it. It’s so hard right now. Everybody is having a bad time,” Donna Goldinger said.

South Whitfield Street in East Liberty is normally heavily traveled, but today, those coming through are picking up precious cargo.

“These are folks we work with on a regular basis. They’re in our soup kitchen, in our food pantry, in our homeless program. They’re pre-registered,” Mark Bibro with East End Cooperative Ministry said.

Feed The Children, one of the largest international charities, rolled into East Liberty at the East End Cooperative Ministry. They are loaded with enough supplies to give 1,200 pre-registered families a 25-pound box of food, a 10-pound box of essentials and a box of Avon products.

The number of children living in poverty in Pennsylvania is around 500,000, which could fill Heinz Field more than eight times.

Many of the parents of these children considered themselves middle class a few years ago. Today, they are finding it difficult to put food on the table, but the trucks represent a miracle to them.


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