Charity plans to distribute food on Sept. 11

PARKERSBURG -Catholic Charities West Virginia will have a food distribution from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 11 at the Smithville, W.Va., Community Building.

The WellnessWorks food pantry is part of the Mobile Outreach program and it will deliver a variety of canned, boxed and fresh food to the Smithville area. Families who live in Ritchie County and who meet the federal poverty qualifications for assistance can participate in the food distribution.

The organization’s WellnessWorks food pantry program promotes healthy nutrition through education, direct service and advocacy and is a new approach to addressing the health and nutritional needs of individuals seeking food assistance.

Families and individuals must be at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to receive assistance. Households receiving S.N.A.P. benefits from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources also are eligible.

Clients must bring proof of identification as well as proof of monthly income for the entire household.

In remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Karen Matthews, Lifebridge AmeriCorps worker assigned to the mobile food pantry, will lead a tree planting ceremony and brief program at 12:15 p.m. at the far end of the Smithville Community Building parking lot. A fruit tree will be planted as a reminder of the importance of good nutrition as it promotes wellness.

For more information or to preregister, call Deborah Shaffer, regional director, at 304 424-3457 ext. 130.