Local churches are helping to support community members who are being impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Beulah Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa partnered with the Westside Community Action Council to give out food boxes to those who have been laid off as a result of the pandemic. The church’s goal is to do a six-week feeding program.

“We do it every Monday,” said Earnestine Tucker, the event’s organizer. “We did it today because we thought we would be affected by the curfew but the feeding programs are not affected. We will be back on Monday, April the 6th and then four Mondays after that and all you have to do is bring proof of employment and you are eligible to receive a food supply for a week.”

Tucker said they are targeting workers directly impacted by the outbreak, including service workers, cooks and housekeepers. All they need to do is bring proof of employment in the last 30 days.

Another local church is also providing meals. The Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church did its part in giving back to the community. The church worked to give out 500 meals over the weekend, handing out food to those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

“We want to do two things with this initiative – the name of it is Tuscaloosa Feeding 500 – we wanted to maximize our opportunity but minimize the exposure along with social distancing,” said Dr. roscoe Shields Jr.

The church’s members handed bags with food in them to people who drove up.

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