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Parkersburg church puts faith to work to battle hunger

PARKERSBURG — The outreach program at The Rock church in Parkersburg, called Brothers Keeper Ministry, is working closely with the community, food pantries and groups such as Momma T’s Warriors, Brandies legacy in Marietta and Recovery Point Parkersburg to fight hunger in our communities.

Many non-profits operate on donation only, so it is important to include them as well, said Christina Roslieb one of the church members helping lead the outreach program.

Each Saturday for the past few weeks, The Rock has received around 1,100 boxes of fresh produce and dairy products to deliver in the community.

The food comes from farmers with the United States Department of Agriculture and the delivery is drove in from Cleveland.

“There is such a need in the Mid-Ohio Valley community,” said Amy Hendricks, another church member helping lead the program. “Within an hour all of the boxes are gone.”

The boxes hold items like strawberries, blueberries, a gallon of milk and chocolate milk.

“Fresh produce and dairy products are items that food pantries don’t get, because they could spoil, so it is nice to give the families some other food options,” said Hendricks.

Hendricks said she felt blessed to be able to help out so many community members.

“I hate thinking that there could be families in our community that could be going to bed hungry when there is something I could do to let them know there will be food when they wake up,” said Hendricks.

Hendricks said although they can not help everyone, the church has many connections throughout the community and can help put people in contact with other programs.

Hendericks was also thankful to the families food box program and city serve ministry who teamed up with church and ministry for the goal of helping the community and becoming a food hub.

The food delivery came to be, because Lance Garduna, who is running the program had connections with City Serve, and he wanted to help the community, especially with many losing income due to the Covid shut-down and schools being out, meaning many kids lose a valuable food source.

City Serve takes extra dairy and produce from farmers to ensure it does not go to waste.

“I am glad to also be able to help keep up the demand for farmers to supply, because there is a need and sometimes it just needs help getting there,” said Hendricks.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

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