Lisa Scales has worked in food banks for nearly 25 years. She was involved in food distribution efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and to the 9/11 attacks in New York.
She has never experienced anything like the need associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
“I have never seen a spike in need to this degree,” said Scales, president and CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. “I have never seen need like we’ve seen in the past several weeks in the Pittsburgh region and frankly across the country.”
Scales is facing a harsh reality that the current need for food is greater than the food bank’s supply can meet.
So far, the food bank has held four large-scale, drive-up distributions and served boxes of food to over 5,000 cars. It has more distributions planned and is developing other methods of getting food into the community. But Scales believes that in the midst of the covid-19 crisis, the food bank has met its match.
“It’s hard for me to say this, but the need is so significant that, despite our best efforts, I know that we will not be able to meet all of the need that’s in the community throughout the entirety of the crisis,” Scales said.
Source: Pittsburgh food bank president worries about supply running out | TribLIVE.com
By Patrick Varine:
Lucy Pollock, like many a good baker, is ahead of the game when it comes to preparation. For those streaming her baking lessons, here’s what you’ll need to make her “Nutty Nut Rolls.”
FOR THE DOUGH:
1 teaspoon sugar
Half cup warm water
2 ounces cake yeast or 3 packets (6 and three-qtrs. teaspoons) active dry yeast
16 ounces sour cream
2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Half teaspoon salt
9 to 10 cups all-purpose flour
FOR THE FILLING:
3 pounds walnuts (finely ground)
3 cups granulated sugar
Canned milk (about a cup)
Put out eggs and sour cream in the morning as well as butter, to get everything to room temperature. Nothing can be cold or too hot.
Pollock’s stream is on Facebook.com/maryellen.raneri. You must be logged into Facebook for the link to work properly.
Source: 97-year-old Latrobe woman livestreams baking lessons on Facebook | TribLIVE.com
Sheetz officials announced menu changes Monday in response to the coronavirus.
The Altoona-based convenience store chain temporarily eliminated self-serve coffee and beverages along with bakery items like doughnuts and muffins to help stop the spread of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The changes went into effect at 4 p.m. Monday.
Source: Sheetz reveals menu changes to curb spread of coronavirus | TribLIVE.com
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Giant Eagle is taking new steps in the name of safety as the coronavirus spreads across the state.
The company announced on Monday that it will be installing plexiglass dividers at checkout and customer service areas at Giant Eagle, Market District, pharmacy, and GetGo locations.
(Photo Credit: Jennifer Borrasso/KDKA)
The company is also asking customers to refrain from bringing reusable bags in the store and installing floor indicators and signs at checkout lanes that indicate the appropriate social distancing.
(Photo Credit: Jennifer Borrasso/KDKA)
A Giant Eagle spokesperson says the majority of the stores will have the new features by the end of the week.
“That’s most commonly where you push your cart up and start interacting with our team member, said spokesperson Jannah Jablonowski.”I think putting that divide right there was the most effective way.”
Shoppers KDKA talked to feel reassured.
Source: As Coronavirus Spreads, Giant Eagle Installing Plexiglass Dividers, Halts Use Of Reusable Bags – CBS Pittsburgh
Giant Eagle announced Saturday that it will be giving $10 million in bonus pay to employees as they continue to work during the coronavirus outbreak.
Source: Giant Eagle Offers $10 Million In Bonus Pay To Employees – CBS Pittsburgh
This pizza comes with a side of controversy.
As more states and cities are ordering restaurants to close their dining rooms and provide only delivery or takeout services, many establishments are adjusting their policies. One pizza place in Illinois reportedly took a different approach.
Rosati’s of Taylorville shared a simple message for Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Herald & Review reports. Spray-painted on a 12-by-3-foot banner was the message, “Governor Pritzker – screw you.”
Rosati’s is a chain of pizza places with over 200 locations across the country that originated in Chicago.
Peggy Brandon, owner of the Rosati’s franchise in Taylorville, told the Herald & Review, “I did it myself because he had no business shutting my business down.”
Pritzker recently ordered bars and restaurants across the state to close their dining rooms and only offer delivery or takeout services.
Source: Amid coronavirus closure, Illinois pizza place posts vulgar message to governor | Fox News
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – For the second time in a week, Walmart has announced a change in their hours around the country in order to help combat the spread of coronavirus.
Hours will be 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. giving their employees a chance to clean and sanitize as well as keep shelves stocked.
Another change that will begin on March 24 is every Tuesday starting an hour before the store’s opening, shoppers age 60 and older will have the opportunity to have the store to themselves.
“We know our older customers could be more vulnerable to the coronavirus and to better support them, Walmart is offering special shopping hours,” Walmart said on their website.
Walmart has also decided to temporarily close their auto care centers so those employees can be used in the efforts to keep the stores clean and shelves stocked.
For a full list of changes and hours, head to Walmart’s website.
Source: Coronavirus Changes: Walmart Changes Hours For Second Time – CBS Pittsburgh
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Two products sold in Wegmans are being recalled due to potential health hazards. Raw Seafoods, Inc is initiating a recall of two Wegmans branded salmon products
The recalled products are:
- Wegmans Ginger Salmon, Oven Safe – 6474
- Wegmans Salmon Teriyaki, Oven Safe – 6408
Consumers who have purchased the designated products are instructed to return the products to their place of purchase. Consumers may contact the company at 508-673-0111 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Source: Recall issued for two Wegmans branded salmon products | RochesterFirst
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The last five days were not only unpredictable but also unprecedented in the grocery business, says Dan Donovan of Giant Eagle.
“The amount of traffic our stores are seeing are right up there with the busiest times of year, whether they be around Thanksgiving, Christmas or otherwise,” Donovan said.
Some shelves in groceries have been completely swept clean of all products. But Donovan says customers have to understand that doesn’t mean the product is unavailable.
“Guests have to realize that is a snapshot of a moment in time and that another truck is on its way to the store to replenish that as soon as possible,” he said.
The issue is the trucks are the heart of the supply chain, and right now, they are doing all they can to meet the demand.
Source: ‘Right Up There With The Busiest Times Of Year:’ Giant Eagle Keeps Restocking As Products Fly Off Shelves Amid Coronavirus Pandemic – CBS Pittsburgh
Greensburg area bars say coronavirus won’t prevent them from celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Weekend.
All Saints Brewing, Mr. Toad’s and the Parkwood Inn are among the local establishments planning parties, and they say their events will go on as scheduled.
“As far as I know, all the bars are still OK with that,” said Mr. Toad’s general manager Natalie Rizzi, who said the bar is “100%” moving forward with its Kegs and Eggs event scheduled for Saturday morning and concert with the band Habatat that night.
Mr. Toad’s will make sure it’s well-stocked with soap and hand sanitizer, Rizzi said.
“We don’t forsee any problems,” she said.
Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday discouraged all “mass gatherings,” especially those with more than 250 attendees, and said people should avoid recreational activities in public places.
All Saints Brewing Company founder Jeff Guidos said the brewery is still planning to hold its ShamRock&Roll event Saturday afternoon and evening, which will feature food trucks and live music.
Source: Greensburg St. Patrick’s Day events to continue despite coronavirus concerns | TribLIVE.com
Pet company Purina Animal Nutrition has issued a massive recall across several of its food brands.
The company said it found elevated calcium levels in the food, which could cause severe health issues in rabbits and young chicken and turkeys, and in some cases, death.
Source: Purina recalls 4 different food brands sold in 32 states
A man who owned several local grocery stores was sentenced to probation for his role in a coupon scheme.
Source: North Hills Grocery Store Owner Pleads Guilty To Role In Coupon Scheme – CBS Pittsburgh
The FDA is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pet’s certain Aunt Jeni’s Home Made frozen raw pet food “as it poses a serious threat
Salmonella in pet food is a threat to human and animal health because pets can get sick from this pathogen and can also be carriers of the bacteria and pass it on to their owners without appearing to be ill. People can also get sick from handling the contaminated pet food, or touching surfaces that have had contact with the contaminated food.
- Aunt Jeni’s Home Made All-Natural Raw Turkey Dinner Dog Food, 5 lb. (2.3 kg), lot 175331 NOV2020.
Consumers who purchased the product are urged to not feed it to their pet, throw it away, and sanitize surfaces that may have come in contact with the product. If consumers have the product and cannot determine the lot code, the FDA recommends that the product be thrown away.
Source: FDA alert warns pet owners of Salmonella contamination in raw food | Food Safety News
From BBQ dishes to fried chicken sandwiches, these new food trucks are bringing lots of tasty bites to the streets of Pittsburgh.
Source: 13 New Food Trucks To Find In Pittsburgh
Fierce competition can have consequences that none of the competitors fully prepared for.Now, with chicken sandwich competition reaching severe levels, a shortage of little chickens could lead to a touch of frustration among consumers of many fast food chains.
While they might fully expect their local quick-serve emporium to give them precisely the chicken sandwich they crave, those who raise the chickens haven’t necessarily anticipated the depth of their enthusiasm.
Source: Chick-fil-A, Popeyes and McDonald’s May Soon Have Very Bad News For Customers (Wendy’s Says It’ll Be Fine) | Inc.com
Save some dough for National Pizza Day Sunday at Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Papa John’s and get free pizza at Planet Fitness. Chipotle has free delivery.
Source: Get free pizza and deals for National Pizza Day at Papa John’s, Pizza Hut and more Sunday
When Brian Meador closed the doors of his Rita’s Italian Ice restaurant in Hempfield at the end of last season, he didn’t know it was permanent.
The Hempfield Rita’s location in the Eastgate Shopping Center at 5138 Route 30 closed because the lease was not renewed, Meador said.
The couple, who ran the Hempfield Rita’s for five years, are committed to finding a new location in the Greensburg area, he said.
Meador hopes to have a new location secured by summer.
While the new location will not open for the coming season, the goal is to open by the start of the following season.
Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, email@example.com or via Twitter .
Source: Rita’s Italian Ice in Hempfield will not reopen, owners looking for new location | TribLIVE.com
Random testing by state officials has found E. coli contamination in cotija cheese, spurring a recall in five states.
The New York company Quesos La Ricura Ltd. is recalling an undisclosed number of packages of the cheese because they may be contaminated with Shiga toxin producing E. coli bacteria, according to test results from Florida inspectors.
Quesos La Ricura Ltd. reported distributing the cheese to retail stores in New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida, according to the company’s recall notice posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The notice did not include any product photographs.
The cheese is packaged on yellow foam trays wrapped in plastic with labels with the following information: “Quesos La Ricura Queso Cotija, Cotija Cheese aged over 60 days” UPC: 7 69087 00933 6 and a weight of 12 oz. “Sell By” date May 20, 2020-3/ May 20, 2020-4.
No illnesses had been confirmed in relation to consumption of this cheese as of the posting of the recall notice.
Source: New York company recalls cheese in five states after tests find E. coli | Food Safety News
Whole Foods? More like, um, only some of the food. Thank you, thank you, and for the love of God, please keep reading. Shoppers have reported that the Amazon-owned grocery giant has been woefully understocked of late, leaving huge gaps in the inventory at stores in D.C., New York, Richmond, and more. Check out the photos on Business Insider—it’s so out of stock you’d think there’s a pre-hurricane panic.
Source: Whole Foods looks like a ghost town after supplier shutters
1-lb. VACUUM-PACKED, packages containing “Pre 95% LEAN/5% FAT GROUND BEEF” with lot code “0060,” case code “11402” and USE/FREEZE BY date of “01/31/2020” on the product label.Consumers are told to look for establishment number “EST. 6916” printed on the right, front side of the package.
The ground beef was shipped to multiple locations including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
If you find the meat in your fridge, you’re urged to throw it away or return it to the store where you bought it from.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Pre Brands LLC. at 1-844-773-3663.
Source: More than 2,000 pounds of ground beef recalled due to possible plastic contamination | fox8.com