Pop-up produce giveaway helps feed Pittsburgh’s laid-off hospitality workers

A pop-up produce giveaway on Tuesday was a team effort to feed people who have lost their jobs at Pittsburgh-area restaurants and bars during the coronavirus outbreak.Cars started lining up early outside The Church Brew Works in Lawrenceville. By noon, 400 cases of healthy food had found their way into the vehicles of those who needed it.Potatoes, onions, avocados, apples, potatoes, cabbage, coleslaw and more were handed out in a joint effort by Sysco — a food supplier to many Pittsburgh restaurants — and 412 Food Rescue.”With everything that has happened recently we all kind of decided we would collaborate and partner together,” said Tim Fane, of Sysco Food Services.Volunteers practiced social distancing while they helped to fill a need that grows each day.The giveaway generated so much buzz that organizers moved the event from its original site at the Superior Motors restaurant in Braddock to accommodate overflow.”The need has increased so tremendously. It’s time for all of us to pitch together and step up,” said Fane.

A pop-up produce giveaway on Tuesday was a team effort to feed people who have lost their jobs at Pittsburgh-area restaurants and bars during the coronavirus outbreak.

Cars started lining up early outside The Church Brew Works in Lawrenceville. By noon, 400 cases of healthy food had found their way into the vehicles of those who needed it.

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Potatoes, onions, avocados, apples, potatoes, cabbage, coleslaw and more were handed out in a joint effort by Sysco — a food supplier to many Pittsburgh restaurants — and 412 Food Rescue.

“With everything that has happened recently we all kind of decided we would collaborate and partner together,” said Tim Fane, of Sysco Food Services.

Volunteers practiced social distancing while they helped to fill a need that grows each day.

The giveaway generated so much buzz that organizers moved the event from its original site at the Superior Motors restaurant in Braddock to accommodate overflow.

“The need has increased so tremendously. It’s time for all of us to pitch together and step up,” said Fane.