Mid-Ohio Valley food drive surpasses goal for 2018

Photo Provided Comfort Keepers prepares to take a car load of food to the Thrive food pantry. More than 3,000 pounds of food were collected and distributed to hungry seniors during this fall’s Feed Seniors Now food drive.

PARKERSBURG — A local food drive for seniors has exceeded its goal.

Comfort Keepers of the Mid-Ohio Valley, FaithLink of Wood and Washington Counties and its food collection partners collected 3,051 pounds of food during the 2018 Feed Seniors Now food drive.

The goal was 2,000 pounds.

The food was distributed to seniors in need through FaithLink’s Thrive community empowerment center and food pantries, such as the operation at Unity Plaza in south Parkersburg.

“This gift will last throughout the year,” said Melissa Ogden, program coordinator for FaithLink. “We’re appreciative of the 3,000-plus pounds of food collected by the Feed Seniors Now food drive partners. We truly live in a wonderful place here in this valley.”

From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, the Feed Seniors Now food drive collected food at bin locations in Wood and Washington counties, including businesses, schools and grocery stores. Shopping lists of canned food, juices, beans and grains, ready-to-eat cereals, peanut butter and non-perishable dairy products were provided to help in selecting what was needed.

“This is our 10th annual food drive and it just gets better every year,” said Joanie Yeomans, owner of the local Comfort Keepers franchise. “Working with our awesome team of food collection partners and the generous people of the Mid-Ohio Valley, the food collected was made available to those seniors who needed it as soon as possible this year through the Thrive network and that has made a huge impact.”

Food partners and locations that helped with the food collection this year included Amedisys Hospice in Parkersburg, the Belpre and O’Neill Senior Centers, Brick Insurance Group, Girl Scout Troop 31279, First Presbyterian Church, Madison Elementary School, Mid-Ohio Valley Wide Trackers, St. Mary’s School 5th grade, New Hope Baptist Church, St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, Parkersburg Radiator and Tire, Southside Unity Plaza, Woodman, Youth Group and Piggly Wiggly in Parkersburg and Vienna.

Many anonymous donations also were received from the community.

The Feed Seniors Now food drive is a national initiative of Comfort Keepers. Comfort Keepers of the Mid-Ohio Valley has collected food donations to feed needy seniors since 2008.

For more information, contact the Comfort Keepers of the Mid-Ohio Valley at 740-373-7125 or 740-343-5800 or go to nourishseniorlife.com on the web.

Comfort Keepers is a franchise network in the in-home care market for seniors and other adults needing care. Since its founding in 1998, the network has grown to more than 700 franchised locations around the world by staying true to the founders’ goal of providing quality, caring in-home care services that allow clients the opportunity to age in place, the company said.

FaithLink is part of Community Resources Inc. and primarily assists individuals who are 60 and older and those with a physical disability or chronic illness in an effort to help them maintain their independence. Volunteers provide supplemental, non-medical care to clients, such as shopping, running errands, light housekeeping and friendly visits. For more information, call FaithLink at 304-485-5525 ext. 31.