Today in downtown Clarksburg, the Mountaineer Food Bank and Clarksburg Baptist Church partnered together to distribute over 10,000 lbs. of food to anyone in need. The food giveaway, held in the church parking lot, included fresh produce such as apples and potatoes, as well as dry goods.
According to event coordinators, over 220 food orders were filled which will feed almost a thousand residents throughout the county.
Clarksburg City Councilman and circuit judge candidate Ryan Kennedy was also on hand to volunteer and distribute food.
“People have been very grateful,” said Kennedy. “It’s amazing how much need there really is out there. I’m really glad that we can be a small part of trying to help some people not be hungry tonight.”
Jim Hileman, a volunteer from the church’s food pantry, shared that the very first person who received food this morning also stayed for the entire event to help also serve others who were in need.
The event was open to anyone who was in need of food and recipients were not required to pre-register. The only information that was needed to receive food was a name, the number of people in the household, and a phone number so the recipient could be contacted in case of a food recall, according to Hileman.
The organizations are planning to host an even larger food giveaway event later in the spring.