It was day four of the statewide work stoppage and several organizations in Barbour County were working hard to provide lunches for families throughout the county.
Crim Memorial United Methodist Church has had a local weekend backpack program for several years, and once the work stoppage began, providing lunches made sense for the organization.
“It was part of us feeling a call that there may be hunger during this situation with the teachers. We felt that it was something that we needed to be involved in,” said Reverend Sam Haught.
Participants and coordinators of the lunch program packaged more than 100 lunches for Tuesday’s handout. The community has been helpful but as the days add up the donations have started to run low.
Teachers on the picket line said where there is a need, they will fill it.
“As soon as the concern in our community and my understanding is across the state, there might be a problem where there might be a child that wouldn’t be receiving nourishment during this time because of what we’re doing and what we are stepping out to say. The community, the teachers, and the educators do what we always do in this situation is make sure that need is filled,” said Philippi Middle School Teacher Eddy Poling.
Some communities have also been having issues getting lunches out to students who live in more rural areas of the county.
Reverend Sam Haught said the financial strain and limited supplies will only allow for two more days of lunches. Haught has started looking for additional assistance from the community moving forward.