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Volunteers deliver nearly 3,000 Easter meals in partnership with Tremont's St. Augustine

Posted at 8:58 AM, Apr 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-12 12:24:57-04

CLEVELAND — Typically on Easter Sunday hundreds of people fill the hunger center at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Tremont while thousands other have their meals delivered.

Due to the coronavirus, though, this year's celebration is different. Rather than sitting around a table together, the meals are being delivered to the homes and centers of those in need.

St. Augustine teamed up with Ohio's City Townhall and other organizations to prep all of the meals ahead of Easter Sunday. Volunteers then picked up the pre-made meals outside of the hunger center and delivered them to those in need throughout the community.

Usually on Easter and Thanksgiving, the parish feeds about 20,000 people. This year, about 3,000 meals were delivered.

Sister Corita Ambro said with the heightened risk it was about keeping everyone safe.

"We're trying to keep everyone inside," she said. "We will deliver the meals right to their porch."

The church, and Ambro, has been feeding the needy for more than 40 years.

Ambro said this year has really opened her eyes to those who are truly in need.

"I can't get over how grateful they are. Every single one of them that comes in says, 'Thank you sister. We couldn't make it without it. And to me that's something I haven't experiences before," she said.