WEIRTON - Coleen Byerly, Weirton Wal-Mart manager, announced Wal-Mart is participating again this year in a program to help feed the hungry of the Weirton area.
"Wal-Mart would not be here and be as successful as it is if it weren't for the people of the Weirton area," she said. "I thought it would be appropriate to again collect food donated by the Wal-Mart customers to be given to Community Bread Basket."
When customers checked out, they were asked to donate a food item to Community Bread Basket. Almost 2,200 pounds of food were donated.
HELPING HANDS — Weirton Wal-Mart employees and Community Bread Basket volunteers load trucks with nearly 2,200 pounds of food donated to the Bread Basket by Wal-Mart shoppers. -- Contributed
"With the recent cuts in federal programs, this is a big boost for us," said Tara Sheperd, Community Bread Basket program administrator. "The need for food has increased again this year. Just in the month of August, over 200 people came to the door at 3501 West St. looking for food to help them get through these tough times.
"We are looking for the community to step up again this year with donations of food and money so that we can provide for all those in need.
"Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed, as well as Christmas baskets, and that always takes a lot of food."
The Community Bread Basket is out of meat, and organizers are trying to raise funds to purchase meat for the weekly food distribution. Monetary donations help supplement donated food.
Those wanting to make a donation of funds or food or volunteer can contact the Community Bread Basket at (304) 748-7595.