Residents more reliant on food bank due to lost jobs

MONROE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Monroe County Emergency Services teamed up with other agencies to feed residents.
With help from the Mountaineer Food Bank, the Monroe County emergency services and the Coalition for Children and Families worked to make sure families have food on their tables.
Although the service isn’t new to the area, Michelle McFall with the coalition says they’ve seen more people at their distribution sites since the start of the pandemic.
“Many of them are out of work,” said McFall. “If they’re working, they have to wait on food stamps to hit and usually that doesn’t happen until the first through the third of the month. The past two weeks, you know, they probably ran low because they have kids at home. They’re using more food.”
Director of Emergency Services Jeff Jones says they plan to set up the next distribution site in Gap Mills next Wednesday. Follow the Monroe County Coalition for Children and Families Facebook page for more updates.
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