The Montgomery Herald, Montgomery, W.Va.

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December 7, 2011

County’s food pantries in dire need of support

FAYETTEVILLE — Children aren’t the only ones with Christmas wish lists. Fayette County’s food pantries need gifts as well.

December is one of the busiest months for the county’s six emergency food pantries. The coordinators of those pantries recently issued lists of holiday needs, with the help of local volunteer Kim Bennett.

Bennett reported on those needs to the Fayette County Commission on Friday. The commission voted to contribute money to the pantries to keep them stocked during the holiday season.

Nevertheless, the pantries still rely on citizen donations.

The Plateau area needs oranges, apples, potatoes, celery and onions this holiday. Betty Steen organizes the Plateau district’s pantries, which are located in Danese, Oak Hill and Fayetteville.

She can be reached at 304-574-3733. Monetary donations can be sent to the Fayette County Emergency Food Center, P.O. Box 735, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

The Valley district — which includes distribution centers at Gauley Bridge, Armstrong Creek and Montgomery — is served by Dorothy Davila at 304-442-2018.

She is looking for soup fixings, including dried pasta, dried beans, saltine crackers, corn muffin mix, broth and bullion, and cans of prepared soup.

Donations for the Valley area should be mailed to Capitol Resource Agency, 416 Fourth Ave., Montgomery, WV 25136.

John David with the Southern Appalachian Labor School also spoke with the commission about his organization’s plans to create an affordable housing distribution center in Oak Hill. He will provide the commission with more details about the project so they can consider the possibility of assisting with funding.

Finally, Mason Hines, director of the Fayette County Evidence Center, updated the commission on fundraising efforts for his organization. Ansted’s town council approved a $500 contribution at its meeting Thursday.

Hines is still looking for approximately $10,000 in funding to access the county’s contribution of $25,000, which is contingent on raising the remainder of the organization’s $48,000 budget for six months. Oak Hill, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, and Ansted are among the local partners to date.

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