WEIRTON - Residents in Brooke and Hancock counties will have a chance to get some assistance in a community food distribution with the help of the Salvation Army on Thursday beginning at 11 a.m.
Brenda Greathouse, social services manager for the Salvation Army in Weirton, said the Salvation Army will be opening its doors on Cove Road Thursday to distribute food provided by the United States Department of Agriculture to families in need.
Captain Ed Long said the program launched last year in a joint effort with the Community Bread Basket and allowed the groups to purchase a mobile canteen with 10,000 pounds of food for just $250. He said more than 400 families were helped through the program at each distribution.
Greathouse said any Hancock or Brooke County resident with a West Virginia photo identification is eligible to receive the food regardless of income status. She said there were few places the USDA distributed meat this year and this area was not one of them, so in addition she has launched the "Pound Out Hunger" campaign.
"When new families were just starting out in a community in the old days, their family and neighbors would have a 'pounding' where each would provide a pound of some food item to help the new couple along," said Greathouse. "We are hoping to get local businesses and organizations involved with this campaign by asking they provide a pound of food to our pantry to help their neighbors' needs."
During the month of June, Greathouse said the pantry will be in immediate need of macaroni and cheese, noodles, spaghetti, pasta side dishes, boxed potatoes, cereal, tuna, canned meats and beef stew. She said monetary donations can also be made to allow the Salvation Army to purchase the food and meats which are in the highest need.
Any resident of Hancock or Brooke counties may take part in the food distribution, no matter their income level. Resident will need photo identification and something to show the number of people in the household such as Social Security cards or tax forms.
The distribution is set to take place at the Weirton Salvation Army located at 800 Cove Road. Anyone wishing to benefit from the program will need photo identification and something to show the number of people in the households such as Social Security cards or tax forms.
For more information contact the Salvation Army at (304) 748-4310.
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