WEIRTON - Tara Sheperd, Community Bread Basket program administrator, reported an increase in the needs of the community reflected in the increase in those seeking help at Community Bread Basket.
"With the cuts in government programs, high rates of unemployment and a general downturn in the local economy, we are seeing double the number of families seeking help from Community Bread Basket," said Sheperd. "Volunteers run this operation. There is no doubt about it. If we did not have this small, yet energetic, group of volunteers we could not serve the community.
"I would ask that anyone who has some free time to come down to 3501 West St. and find out how they could help. A few hours per week can be very helpful.
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS — Volunteers, including Dario Fracasso, Pat Hensley, Don Kennedy, Beryl Darby, Caroline Johnson, Bob Johnson, Lester Barnhart and Jack Cassella, pause for a photo during food distribution day Friday. -- Contributed
"People ask me what I need. I always say we need more volunteers. Community Bread Basket operation is so diverse that I can find something for everyone to help with. We received nonperishable food from Wal-Mart last week and it was a big project to check in, sort and store all of the food. The community came together to donate the food and our small group of volunteers performed the rest of the work."