More than 16 million pounds of food traveled through the walls of the Mountaineer Food Bank, and while the staff of 30 paid employees work hard to keep it moving, they get plenty of extra help. That’s thanks to a raft of volunteers that do everything from stuff envelopes to pack boxes.
“We wouldn’t be able to do the job that we do without our volunteers. There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the walls up there at the food bank that is dependent on the volunteers,” said Director of Development Becky Conrad.
With that in mind, the food bank held a volunteer appreciation lunch in Gassaway this afternoon to thank them for all the extra hours they put in. Denver Drake is a former teacher and principal in Braxton County, and he said spending his time at the food bank is a good way to keep helping his community.
“You know, I saw a great need out there from adults and children, and I know this is just a continuation of those years in education when I was able to support children, but in a different way now, said Denver.”
The thousands of hours contributed by volunteers isn’t just a convenience, that work is worth more than $300,000 when its value is added up. Conrad said those hours are what allow the food bank to run so many programs.
“What we do is huge, but what our volunteers do just ices the cake for us and makes our jobs more manageable and allows us to get all the food that we get out into the communities out,” Conrad said.