KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thirteen Kansas City-area churches will hold a food and resource drive to provide relief to charities seeing an increased demand because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The event, which will be held Saturday, is called "What if the Church Blessed KC Resource Drive."
Organizers said people can drop off items ranging from food, laundry and cleaning supplies, as well as paper products and personal hygiene items.
"We're asking people to load up one resource or 50 resources. Put them in your trunk and they will just drive through," said Taylor Penrod with Overland Park Church. "Any of those locations will have volunteers. They grab them from the trunk and we'll handle the rest."
Penrod said the pandemic is causing an increased strain on charities helping people.
"We're seeing a lot of people obviously who have lost jobs, and so that makes buying food or resources harder," Penrod said. "In some of our more urban areas, we struggle because our stores are not being restocked here. Things that have been off the shelf have been off the shelf for a long time. We're seeing a lot of struggle in both of those areas. So a resource drive like this just really levels that playing field and we can distribute that all over the city."
The food and resource drive will be held at 13 participating churches on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to noon.
More information on participating churches and items that are needed can be found online.
People who can't make it to the event or are not comfortable publicly shopping for supplies can donate here.