Family provides snacks for children at Parkersburg church

PARKERSBURG — The first of several bags of snacks were handed out Friday to local children at First Christian Church, 1400 Washington Ave. in Parkersburg.

A local family, who wants to remain anonymous, donated $1,000 to purchase 13 food items, such as breakfast bars, juice, pudding, fruit cups, cookies and cheese crackers, to be placed in each bag for children. Volunteers have been placing the snacks in bags to be given away.

Sixteen children stopped by the church on Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to pick up food bags, said Pam Godwin, one of the volunteers with the program.

The food giveway for children will continue Monday through Friday at the same time next week, Godwin said. The family realized a need to help feed children during the summer, when breakfast and lunch are not available at schools, and reached out to Godwin for some assistance.

Godwin also is a volunteer at the Good Samaritan Center food pantry at Wayside United Methodist Church in Vienna.

The bags of food for children also will be delivered to McKinley Elementary School for the Energy Express program June 19-July 28.

Godwin said about 500 bags of snacks will be prepared for children this summer with the $1,000 donation from the family.