Coda Mountain Academy opens new feeding location

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – Although the Jones Avenue Church of God is no longer serving meals, another group has picked up the slack.

With two hairdressers and a bus driver on the team, the volunteers know what it means to go through hard times. Heidi Mathews says although she has fallen on hard times herself, that doesn’t mean she can’t help others.

“God tells me to do it and I do it to serve his people,” Mathews says. “It’s not about what you can get back out of it, it’s the benefit that you feel from helping people.”

The new location is directly across the street from the Jones Avenue Church of God in Oak Hill and is open from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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