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Help for the Community Bread Basket

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Help for the Community Bread Basket at 3501 West St., Weirton, came from two sources recently after newspaper accounts detailed challenges being issued in an effort to support the nonprofit. Fritz Frohnapfel, center, read recently that a challenge was being made for local organizations to step up to help feed the hungry, prompting him to ask the Brooke-Hancock Central Labor Council AFL-CIO to get involved. Frohnapfel contacted Jim Pauchnik, Community Bread Basket board member, to get an idea of the need. “We got the union to donate $1,000 to Community Bread Basket,” Frohnapfel said. “They do a good job down there on West Street to provide much-needed food, utility assistance and child nutrition for Hancock and Brooke counties, and we didn’t want anyone to go hungry.” With Frohnapfel are Steve Zatezalo, left, and Jack Hileman, right. Meanwhile, when Tom Zielinsky of Weirton, center, read in the newspaper that Ronnie Jones was issuing a challenge to all organizations, local and state leaders and individuals to step up and help provide for the needy, he decided to do just that. “I know that the Weirton Knights of Columbus Council 3734 started this idea, and we want to share some of the profits from our most recent book,” said Zielinsky, who collaborated with George Hines of New Cumberland on “Zalia, Hancock County, West Virginia — Rediscovering a Lost Community.” The book is available at the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center and the Davis and New Cumberland Pharmacies in New Cumberland. Tara Sheperd, program administrator for Community Bread Basket, noted any organization, local or state leader or individual may call CBB at (304) 748-7595 to provide assistance. “This is an extremely busy year for us, and we need a lot of support from the community. Community Bread Basket serves Brooke and Hancock counties in West Virginia. We are community based with no other source of income,” Sheperd explained.

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