Altoona Compassion Coalition drive-up food pantry

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ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- During trying times, the Altoona Compassion Coalition Food Pantry is stepping up its efforts to make sure those in need get the food they need.

Normally, the Altoona Compassion Coalition does a food pantry once a month.

Due to COVID-19, it made the change to hosting a drive-up food pantry twice a month.

This allows for food distribution while still maintaining social distancing.

Those visiting the drive-up food pantry stay in their vehicle with an open trunk so there's no person-to-person contact.

"The pantry is essential when we don't have anything going on, now that this is going on, people are without work, they have children at home more often, there are shortages happening with food and there is a void that we feel we can fill. We are very blessed in Altoona, we have some great contributors that have donated to us," said food pantry coordinator Renee Vavra.

The Altoona Compassion Coalition plans to hold another drive-up food pantry on Thursday, April 23 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The food pantry is located at 701 Seventh Street West in Altoona.