HUDSON — A pastor said recipients of free bags of food that were passed out by his church "were really grateful."

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, about 35 Christ Community Chapel staff members on Wednesday distributed approximately 700 bags of food to anyone who needed them.

Pastor Joe Coffey of the W. Streetsboro Street church said people who went through the drive-through set-up to accept the meals were appreciative of his congregation’s generosity.

"It was hard sometimes to keep them in their cars because they wanted to hug someone," said Coffey. "We loved being a part of this."

People picking up their food did not need to exit their car. Kelsey Merritt, a communications staffer with Christ Community Chapel, said folks pulling up to the curb could say how many bags they needed and get loaded up.

No one had to register or sign up in advance to receive the food, Merritt said.

Each bag contained a five-day supply of non-perishable breakfast and lunch food for one person, so a family of three could accept three bags. The maximum amount provided for one car was five bags, according to Merritt. The bags included children-friendly items such as cereal, applesauce, granola bars, and canned soup.

Coffey said his church’s effort fits in with the current theme he is emphasizing with his congregants.

"We love being a part of the Hudson community," stated Coffey. "Our theme right now is that ‘Love Matters Most,’ so we see this as a great opportunity to serve our friends and neighbors at a time of need."

Merritt said the facility also typically does a large food distribution at Thanksgiving.

The church, which is located at 750 W. Streetsboro St., will offer 1,000 food bags on each of the next two Wednesdays, March 25 and April 1. The food distribution will occur on each of those days from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or while supplies last. For more information, call 330-650-9533.

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, pkeren@recordpub.com, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.