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With the start of Lent on Wednesday, a program is helping a food pantry in Randolph County stock up 40 cans for Lent.

"Our numbers have increased over the years. We usually feed on an average of 400 families a month, and it takes a lot of food to feed that many people," said Cindy Hammer of Catholic Charities of West Virginia.

Knight of Columbus 603 and Catholic Charities of West Virginia have teamed up for the second year to kick off its 40 Cans for Lent program. The program is designed to fight hunger, and its quite simple collect one non perishable food item or can per day, and drop it off so it can be distributed to those in need.

"You don't have to bring in 40 cans. It is about Lent, and it is about just what you can do, but if you want to, bring in 40 cans to represent one can for everyday of Lent," Hammer said.

Food pantries have been trying to restock after the effects like Superstorm Sandy or after long winter season. Hammer said the support goes a long way in helping to restock the shelves and serve those in need.

"We get a lot of donations of perishable foods from Wal Mart every day. We have over 35 volunteers a month also that make us able to do what we do. So we're very blessed," Hammer said.

As part of 40 Cans For Lent, the Knights of Columbus will receive $100 for every 500 pounds of food donated from the Supreme Council to help its youth programs.

You can bring in your donations at Catholic Charities of West Virginia. Their office is located at 103 Randolph Avenue from 9 a.m. to Noon, Monday through Friday. There's also a donation box at Saint Brendan's Catholic Church.

Last year, Catholic Charities received more than 3,000 pounds in food donations.