Parkersburg auto dealership helps boost Children’s Home Society
PARKERSBURG — The family resource center at Children’s Home Society of WV’s Parkersburg site received a much-needed donation in November from McClinton Chevrolet-Mitsubishi.
“The McClinton family and employees have been a generous donor to our food pantry for as long as I can remember,” said Lisa Weaver, program coordinator of the Mid-Town Family Resource Center. “Several times a year they collect or purchase food for our pantry. We have come to depend on their November donation to help us to feed people during the winter.”
The Mid-Town Family Resource Center, at 1717 St. Marys Ave., houses a food pantry, clothing closet and mini library of free books. The food pantry is one of over 400 West Virginia food pantries in the Mountaineer Food Bank network.
Participating in The Emergency Food Assistance Program, the pantry distributes USDA food commodities and joins in area efforts to provide solutions to hunger.
“The commodities we receive through Mountaineer Food Bank (MFB) are a staple for many people in this neighborhood,” said Weaver. “While MFB provides some basics, donations from the community supply other items to make a meal complete. Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a theme of family resource centers and partnerships are vital to our success.”
In addition to McClinton Chevrolet-Mitsubishi, other local business partners, including Dr. Richard Newhart’s office, the WV Central Credit Union, and employees of the ABC Supply Company-Davisville, recently conducted donation drives to provide for clients served through the resource center.
In 2017, financial support and food donations received from the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Community Resources Inc. FEMA distribution, individual donors, churches, and local businesses enabled Children’s Home Society to provide food over 380 times, as of the end of November.
Eligibility for the food pantry is based on USDA/TEFAP income guidelines and without discrimination. The pantry is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., when an employee is present. Appointments are encouraged and available by calling 304-485-0650.
To learn more about Children’s Home Society of WV, visit www.childhswv.org.