Providing hope for the community

When various parts of a community comes together, it can make a difference. It can provide hope.

That’s exactly what has been happening in Weirton since April 2012, and the difference has recently become more visible.

Table of Hope was created with one purpose — to provide a hot meal to anyone who wants one, no matter their income level.

There are many residents in Weirton, and in surrounding communities, who are forced to go without for one reason or another. For three days a week over the last six years, they have been able to sit down to a good meal, be with others and, for at least an hour, get away from their troubles.

Recently, the impact of Table of Hope was celebrated as the group served its 50,000th meal.

That is a huge milestone, and we congratulate everyone who has been a part of making it this far.

Table of Hope, which is located in the downstairs of the First United Methodist Church on West Street, truly is a community program.

It was created through the efforts of various church organizations, but has received support through the years from residents, businesses, civic groups and more. A handful of businesses make regular contributions of food and paper products to support the program. High school students and others volunteer to serve meals each week. Others make monetary donations to make sure other food and supplies can be purchased. This support comes from throughout the Weirton area. We thank all those who have given of themselves to make sure Table of Hope can continue.

That is one of the things the people of the Ohio Valley has always done well. We take care of each other, whether it’s lending a hand in times of disaster, supporting our charitable groups or working to make certain a hot meal is available to those who need it. It is about community and about family.

Table of Hope continues to shine a light on some of the beset aspects of humanity, and we hope to see that continue for many years to come.