Mountaineer Food Bank helps food-insecure after Christmas

The holidays always put additional stress on the budget… so on this day after Christmas Mountaineer Food Bank was at the Heritage Center serving more than 200 households to make sure they wouldn’t go hungry.

Mountaineer Food Bank believes no West Virginian should go hungry and the kindness of the community is making a significant difference for our neighbors in need.

“We have a variety of canned items, along with some chicken and fresh produce — apples and carrots and cantaloupe,” said Laura Phillips.

According to the director of community programs — this food means so much to the people stopping by.

“A lot of appreciation, a lot of Happy New Year greetings, and we hope 2024 brings good and better things for everyone,” Phillips said.

Mike Petrosky thanked Mountaineer Food Bank and the state of West Virginia for helping the older people.

“‘Cause they need it,” said Petrosky, who works for Blackhawk. “I couldn’t hardly buy Christmas, but I thank the Lord for having us a good dinner.”

Helping the food insecure in the community means everything to Phillips.

“And see the community really come around and support others,” the director of community programs said. “Most of our volunteers know the people on the line and it’s a very warm and friendly place to be — and I’m grateful to be a small piece of it.”

Having access to this food and those who care enough to connect with the community and make sure they’re fed is a big deal.

“I think it’s wonderful; I think it’s wonderful,” said Petrosky. “I think they need to do more stuff for older people — to help ’em out.”

This time of year can be rough for people but every little bit improves things, and the Mountaineer Food Bank can help.


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