WEIRTON - The Community Bread Basket will hold its annual community meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Tri-State Church of God located at 3519 West St.
The Rev. Frank Milanese, Executive Committee president, will preside, and the Rev. J.D. Wall is the host church pastor. During the meeting, a Board of Directors will be elected, 2012 reports will be reviewed and the 2013 budget will be approved. A social at the Bread Basket offices, located at 3501 West St., will follow.
Program Administrator Tara Shepard reported the need for assistance has doubled in the past year.
MEETING SET — Set to attend the annual Community Bread Basket community meeting are, from left, Executive Committee Member Jim Pauchnik, Program Administrator Tara Sheperd and Board President the Rev. Frank Milanese. -- Contributed
"We provided assistance to 149 people in January of 2011, and, in January of 2012, we had over 300 people come to our door," she said. "Although we receive donations of food from churches, the USDA and retail food stores, there are times when donations run short or we run short of a staple items like bread, vegetables or meats. This occurs because there is no way to predict what food items will be donated. When we run short of certain items we must purchase these items for our food boxes. Although we are diligent in finding the lowest prices for food items, prices for many items have increased approximately 89 percent.
"If it were not for the volunteers, I could not provide these necessary services. These dedicated volunteers are here every day to receive the food brought in by donor churches and the retail grocers. The volunteers count the food items and keep a record of what is in stock and what is needed."
"As program administrator, and the only salaried employee, I wear many hats. There are financial reports and other correspondence that is required. My volunteers do much of that work, but I must oversee the program. If it were not for my volunteers, there is no way I could get this all done. Thank God for those dedicated folks who come here to help."
Community Bread Basket is always looking for more volunteers.
"We have had youth groups volunteer for many of our projects," said Shepard. "When we had a fundraiser last summer, a group from Covenant Church stuffed envelopes along with our other volunteers. A few weeks ago, I had volunteers from the Madonna High School sophomore class help out on food distribution day. I encourage all groups to keep Community Bread Basket in mind when a service project is needed. No matter how large or small your group is, I can find necessary things for you to do."
Community Bread Basket is located at 3501 West St., across the street from the downtown Cove Post Office.
For information, call (304) 748-7595.