Staff of the Mountaineer Food Bank in Braxton County were hard at work today, preparing donations for one group of the 48 counties they serve every month. While the food bank works hard to supply hundreds of thousands of people every month, it’s people they want to get more of this month.
“Volunteering time is a big big thing for the food bank because we always need people helping us with different projects here at the food bank, from packing boxes to helping us unload and load trucks, to pull orders, to building backpacks for our backpack program,” said Director Chad Morrison.
It’s no idle complaint either: It takes the food bank only a week to move 45,000 pounds of produce alone, a number that is hard to visualize unless you see it for yourself. And that’s what Director of Development Becky Conrad wants outside people and groups looking for volunteer opportunities to know.
“15.3 million pounds of food last year, that’s a huge number, and we want them to grasp that in reality and just come in here and see the monstrosity that we have, because that way it gives them a little bit more of an understanding,” Conrad said.
While the needs of the food bank itself are important, Morrison also wants people to keep in mind the need of the programs local to them, since they are some of the most important links in the chain of keeping people fed and healthy.
“There’s 200,000-plus hungry individuals in West Virginia, and we need to constantly remember that because when you forget, that’s when people are going hungry,” Morrison said.