A local church is piggybacking on a Lansing public schools meals program to provide food for families during the coronavirus crisis.

Members of Calvary Baptist Church in Leavenworth conducted their first distribution of food in Lansing on Monday.

“We’ll continue to do it as long as we can,” Senior Pastor Andrew Abbott said.

Abbott said his church had reached out to the Lansing school district regarding possible needs. And church members are now helping to provide food to families in the school district.

Since school buildings have closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lansing school district has been offering free meals for pick-up for children ages 1-18. The service is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Lansing Intermediate School.

Members of Calvary Baptist Church are utilizing the Lansing school meal pick-up service to distribute bags of food for entire families.

Abbott said each bag has $12 to $13 worth of food.

“There’s a couple of meals in there and some snacks,” he said.

Abbott said about 90 bags of food were handed out Monday in Lansing. He said additional bags prepared by the church also were shared with contacts at Fort Leavenworth.

Abbott said he hopes the food distribution in Lansing will become a weekly event. He said the church’s food distribution will continue as long as funds permit.

He said a trailer has been set up in front of the church where people can drop off “shelf stable” food to be used for the program.

“Every little bit helps,” he said.

With a stay-at-home order in place, Abbott said he does not encourage people to go to the store only to purchase donations for the church program. But he said people may want to purchase something to donate while buying food for their own needs.

Calvary Baptist Church is located at 4451 10th Ave. in Leavenworth.

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