Open Pantry Community Services unable to hold traditional Easter meal

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Open Pantry Community Services was forced to cancel its traditional Easter meal Sunday.

The meal was planned to be held at the High School of Commerce in Springfield but couldn’t be adapted to meet social distancing guidelines.

Religious officials all over the world are preaching patience and prayer this week, as even our humanitarian organizations struggle to cope.

Christian Cathedral Church’s own Archbishop Timothy Paul noted that many local food banks are stretched thin during this pandemic.

“There are people that are suffering right now, the homeless, the food banks are stretched. We are going to do our part and we wanted to encourage people to tell you we are praying for you as people of faith,” he told 22News.

The Open Pantry Meal will be rescheduled for another date.

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