WASHINGTON, W. Va. (WTAP) - The Mountaineer Food Bank teamed up with United Way and Chemours to give back to the community with a large mobile food pantry. This was the first mobile food pantry of this size in Wood County.
People in the community who needed these food items just needed to pull up and pop their trunks open.
Chemours was happy to donate their facility along with 30 volunteers to make the mobile food bank happen.
Mike Wright is the area manager of power and services at Chemours.
“So this was kind of a natural fit as well have some volunteers come out today and help this event go off today without incident or any issues. So, that we can provide this food, help provide this food to the community,"
Wright says if the space was unavailable they would not have been able to use the truck.
In Wood County, 15% of the community suffers from food insecurity.
Stacy DeCicco is the executive director of United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley.
DeCicco says this was really just a collaborative effort between the organizations and they are always looking to do what they can in the community.
“So that means that people are making a difficult choice between food and some other staple living piece of their life. So to be able to bring this volume of food, it’s really great nutrition dense food," said DeCicco.
People often struggle in choosing the quality of the food they eat because nutritious food tends to cost more.
They were able to serve 450 families.
The organization is always looking for donations and always available to help the community gets the resources they need.
If you would like to donate and work for a civic organization and would like to organize a food drive or if you would like to donate a monetarily, you can donate to its Hunger Solutions program.
Please contact United Way (304)580-0570.
If you are in need of resources, please dial or text 211 no matter what area you are in. You can be directed to the right resources in your neighborhood.