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38K pounds of food given away at Chemours

A total of 38,000 pounds of food to feed 1,283 people was distributed on Nov. 22 in the parking lot of Chemours on Dupont Road.

The food was distributed from the Mountaineer Food Bank’s mobile food pantry during a two-hour period in Wood County last week.

The food bank, based in Gassaway, W.Va., works with the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley on this project.

Several cars had to be turned away as the truck emptied its contents of free food, said Stacy DeCicco, executive director of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

More food will be brought for the next mobile food pantry from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Chemours facility parking lot at 8480 Dupont Road, DeCicco said. People can start lining up for food at noon.

On Nov. 22, area residents could pick up items such as sweet potatoes, carrots, chick peas, apples, oranges, chicken, milk, split peas, cabbage and sparkling water.

The local United Way team and 25 volunteers from Chemours helped with the food distribution and other duties, DeCicco said.

Chemours employees assist with coordinating the food giveaway, traffic control, client intake and distribution.

“We truly couldn’t make this happen without them,” DeCicco said of the Chemours volunteers.

Those seeking food are asked to bring a box or laundry basket to carry the food.

A Mountaineer Food Bank food giveaway at Chemours in September distributed food for 575 people.

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Melvin Romeo, the new owner of the Country Boy Restaurant in Vienna, called me this week to say a large Wood County employer made sure its employees were well fed while working on Thanksgiving.

For the second consecutive Thanksgiving, the Country Boy at 2000 Grand Central Ave. prepared Thanksgiving meals for the approximately 350 employees working around-the-clock on Thursday at the Vienna Walmart and delivered the food to the store several times that day.

Romeo, who purchased the restaurant in mid-September, said he prepared 175 turkey breasts for the Walmart employees and customers at the Country Boy Restaurant on Thanksgiving. The Walmart workers also received mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, stuffing and pumpkin pie.

Food deliveries from Country Boy to Walmart were made at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., Romeo said.

“We were honored to help them out,” Romeo said. He thought it was nice that Walmart was bringing a “piece of home” to the employees on Thanksgiving.

Earlier in the week, Doug Lucas, manager of the Vienna Walmart, said all but a few of the 350 Walmart associates would be working on the busy Thanksgiving at the store. A Thanksgiving buffet was set up for the associates, working all three shifts, in the store’s breakroom, he said.

“We try to pick a local company” to provide the Thanksgiving food, Lucas said.

The Vienna Walmart also will be providing pizza, sandwiches and deli trays for its associates at the store for the remainder of the holiday week, Lucas noted.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com

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