Spiritual Notes

Free bag lunches offered

— Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona, will hand out bagged lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15. Lunches will include a sloppy joe sandwich, and a soup, a dessert and fruit. One bag lunch per person will be handed out in the church’s parking lot for drive-thru and walk-ups while supplies last. Church members will deliver lunches to vehicles.

— The Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., Altoona, will offer a free to-go bagged lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 15. Lunches will be handed out at the Second Street door while supplies last. Those attending are asked to keep a social distance while waiting in line and wear a mask if possible. For more information, call 814-943-2072.

Food Truck Wednesday

St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Altoona is sponsoring Food Truck Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. May 19 in the church parking lots located at 1405 Fifth Ave. A total of 11 vendors will be on hand, including Doug’s Dawgs, Chicken Rick’s, Larry’s BBQ, The Perogy Guy, Yoder’s Yak Shack, Kettle Korn.

Spring halupki festival planned

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust Street, downtown Johnstown, is holding its spring Halupki Harvest: Stuffed Cabbage dinner from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 22. Dinner includes one Halupki, two Pierogies, a serving of Halushki and two cookies. Cost is $9. All meals are take out. Call 814-535-6797 to order. Proceeds will benefit St. Mark’s Digital Ministries.

For additional information about the event, contact the Rev. Nancy Threadgill at (814) 535-6797 or revnancy-stmarks


Food pantries open

— The St. Vincent DePaul Assumption Chapel Food Pantry, 1523 Adams Ave., has never closed during the pandemic. We are open on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 to 10:30. All interested parties must call 814-943-7962 for an appointment. Picture identification and being masked are required.

— Twenty-eighth Street Church of the Brethren Food Ministry, 2800 Union Ave., Altoona, will be open by appointment only every Friday. Call by Wednesday for a Friday appointment. For more information or to make an appointment, call the pantry at 814-207-8293.

— The food pantry distribution at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Eighth Avenue and 13th Street, Altoona, will be held from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27. Distribution is on a drive-thru basis to maximize social distancing. Masks are required for those on foot or getting out of their vehicles. All are welcome. For more information, visit the church website or Facebook page, or call the church at 814-942-1372; leave a message and calls will be returned.

— The Sacred Heart Food Pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. every Wednesday at 2009 Sixth Ave., Altoona, in the old school next to the church. No ID or income requirements are needed at the present time. No appointments are needed; the pantry is open for walk-ins. Masks and social distancing requirements are in effect. For more information, call 814-943-4529.


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