On Saturday, the Mountaineer Food Bank celebrated its first anniversary of serving the Clarksburg community with an event at the Harrison County Senior Center.
For more than two hours, seniors drove up, got food, and left. But there’s much more to it than that. The Mountaineer Food Bank’s food demo services impact a group that shows a great need.
“It’s the commodity supplemental food program. It’s a senior food box program that targets seniors that are 60 and older. And, we distribute over 2500 boxes every month in West Virginia, and probably about 800 to 1,000 here in Harrison County,” said Chad Morrison, Mountaineer Food Bank Executive Director.
Morrison says more than 29,000 West Virginia seniors qualify for the services, meaning they’re 60 years-old and meet the income criteria. The Harrison County Senior Center alone serves more than 430 people, both at the center, and through home deliveries, once a month.
With the success the food bank has seen, those numbers will likely increase over time.
“We’re still trying to grow the program. Just because there are so many seniors out there that we’re not reaching yet. But we’re excited that what’s going on here in Harrison county because they’re doing a great job here at the senior center partnering with us,” said Morrison.
The Mountaineer Food Bank will hold its first food demo Tuesday morning at Unity
Manor in Morgantown.