You know the saying, “it takes a village to raise a child” and this month we are celebrating a Monongalia County man who spends countless hours working to end childhood food insecurity.

“If there is something that upsets you, if you’re passionate about something you can go make a difference,” said Roark Sizemore. 

Sizemore, 20, is doing his part to help end food insecurity in West Virginia. 

“It’s such a basic need,” Sizemore said. “I think it is something that people shouldn’t have to worry about.  We have the resources to make sure that no one is hungry and it’s really just getting it to the people who need it.”

The 20-year-old played a key role in creating The Pantry Plus More. A local non-profit organization that provides resources to students and community members in need.

Sizemore said, “I didn’t have any special skills to start this or any experience running a charity or anything like that. It was just some determination, some hard work and you can make a difference. I think young people really need to get involved because we make the world we want to live in.”

The pantry is currently in six Monongalia County schools.

“One in five kids in the state are food insecure, that’s a huge number of kids. This is an idea we can recreate in other places, place that may need it more than Mon County. We are really interested in expanding out or helping other groups start there own kind of form of this program. When it comes down to it we just want kids to be fed,” said Sizemore.  

Monongalia County Commissioner Tom Bloom said Roark is a leader.  

“What’s great about a leader is someone who cares about others more than he cares about himself.  We work real well together and Roark is very special.  He is the type of student and the ones helping that we want to keep in West Virginia,” Bloom said.