Calvary Assembly of God partners with disaster relief agency to host large-scale food drive

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – The Calvary Assembly of God partnered with a disaster relief agency to hold a major food drive. 

The church’s pastor John Jordan says they had more than 1,500 bags of non-perishable goods to give away. 

“We have over 1,500 bags, which equates to about 30,000 pounds of groceries which we’re able to provide our guests today,” Jordan said. 

The church decided to hold this distribution after seeing how much their community was affected by the pandemic. According to Steve Croy, a logistics coordinator with the church, they partnered with a disaster relief agency called Convoy of Hope to help source and distribute supplies. 

“Challenges with their employment, and work and different dynamics due to the coronavirus. So we partnered with Convoy of Hope to try to just be a blessing to our community,” Croy said.

The Calvary Assembly of God reached out to Convoy of Hope in late March, and Convoy of Hope provided the food for them. According to Jordan, Convoy of Hope is a national organization, which is helping hold similar food distributions in cities all over the county. 

“They’ve been doing this for several decades and so we reached out to them and they were already in the process and they’re doing similar events like this all across the United States,” he said.

Hundreds of people came out to the distribution in the early hours of Saturday morning. Because it was a drive-thru style distribution, no contact was made with anybody, and things were kept safe. 

The Calvary Assembly of God is also planning on participating in the Beckley Day of Hope later this August, where dozens of churches come together to support the community.