VIENNA W.Va, (WTAP)- The first ever “Love Your Neighbor” event was held where 100 boxes and bags of food were available for members of the community in need to pick up at the Grand Central Mall.
Over 12 groups and organizations joined forces for the event including the First Lutheran Church and the Mountaineer Food bank.
The groups felt that they were better able to provide for the community through pulling their resources together than they would be able to apart.
“We wanted to destigmatize the fact that all of us have need and there’s no shame in needing resources so our goal is to just try and empower people and encourage them that as neighborhood and as a community we want to work together and help each other in that way,” says Michele VanMatre of the development director for Community Resources.
Fresh fruit, produce, meat, protein, and other items filled each donated box and bag.