Mountaineer Food Bank to observe Hunger Action Month

GASSAWAY, W.Va. — September is Hunger Action Month and will be observed by the Mountaineer Food Bank in West Virginia, a member of the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks also observing the month.

The initiative encourages the public to take action on the issue of hunger. Mountaineer Food Bank, local soup kitchens, food pantries, individuals and organizations in September will raise awareness of hunger and the 267,280 food-insecure residents in West Virginia.

Mountaineer Food Bank is providing opportunities for residents to become involved. The food bank has developed a calendar encourging individuals and organizations to complete tasks such as posting pictures to Facebook, wearing orange for a day or volunteering at a local soup kitchen, among other opportunities.

The calendar is on Mountaineer Food Bank’s Facebook page.

In addition to the calendar, Mountaineer Food Bank will hold its Kiss the Pig Extravaganza fundraiser to raise funds to provide fresh produce to its feeding programs.

The event will feature a live stream on Facebook on Oct. 1 of the food bank’s leadership team kissing a pig based on the amount of funds raised.

If $1,000 is raised, Rodney Cook, director of agency relations will kiss the pig. If $3,000 is raised, Dale Bollinger, director of operations will kiss the pig along with Rodney Cook. If $5,000 or more is raised, Executive Director Chad Morrison, Bollinger, and Cook will all have to kiss the pig.

The fundraiser began on Saturday and will run until Sept. 30. Supporters can donate to the fundraiser through the food bank’s Facebook page.

The Mountaineer Food Bank also will hold a triathlon at the Sutton Dam to benefit the food bank’s feeding programs.

The triathlon consists of a 5K run across the dam and through downtown Sutton, a 4-mile kayak on the Elk River and a 10-mile bike ride back to the dam.

Individual registration is $35. Teams of three with each individual doing a leg of the race is $60. Cost is $5 more for registering on race day.

Participants can register online at to guarantee a T-shirt.

Mountaineer Food Bank is a non-profit organization that serves 48 counties in West Virginia with more than 450 feeding programs including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, senior programs, Veterans Table programs, healthy food box programs, mobile pantry programs, produce pop-up market programs, school food pantry and backpack programs.