GRAFTON—Great things happen when organizations come together, and just that happened last week, as two organizations met with the goal of helping the needy in the community.
Taylor County Family Resources (TCFR) is comprised of a group of individuals who want to leave a positive impact on the community and strive to help those who are less fortunate.
Through their mission of the coordination, improvement and expansion of programs to be more accessible, flexible and meaningful to families, they have helped fill the unmet needs throughout the county.
Since 2008, TCFR has been helping families and individuals acquire food and clothing through their pantries, as well as other essentials and services, something that can be costly to the organization.
TCFR has partnered with the Mountaineer Food Bank to help provide needed nutrition to families in the area, and during their July 9 distribution, held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., they were able to provide food to hundreds of individuals.
“Through the mobile food pantry, we were able to serve 145 families, consisting of 476 individuals,” shared TCFR’s Lisa Wotring. “Within a few hours, fresh, frozen and non-perishable food items were passed out and on their way home with folks, which could have not been done without the help of our volunteers.”
She revealed that during the distribution, the Grafton Rotary Club, Taylor County Community Corrections participants, individuals from UniCare, staffers from Burlington United Methodist Service and volunteers from North Central Community Action Association were on hand to help distribute the food items.
“We want to say thank you to all that helped with the event,” expressed Wotring. “The distribution is a large undertaking, and every little bit of help is greatly appreciated.”
In addition, the organization continues to serve community members through their food pantry, which is in operation Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., at their office located at 105 Beech Street, Grafton.
Through their pantry, individuals in need are able to obtain non-perishables, fresh and frozen food items once every seven days. No appointment is necessary to visit the food pantry.
The organization receives their monthly food truck on the fourth Friday of each month and is always looking for individuals to help with their unloading process. The truck will arrive at Grafton High School’s gravel lot at 9:00 a.m. on delivery days.
“This would be a great community service project for groups and individuals,” Wotring noted. “Keep in mind, this is manual labor of unloading and unpacking boxes into the food pantry.”
Additionally, on Wednesdays, TCFR offers residents the ability to acquire fresh produce. Through a grant, the organization is able to offer over 3,600 pounds of fresh produce weekly through October 2020.
Appointments must be made to receive the fresh produce boxes. Those interested will need to call the TCFR office at 304-265-6838 each Monday at 9:00 a.m.
Whether you are a reoccurring visitor or someone who is down on their luck and needs help only once, TCFR is willing to assist in any way they possibly can. A simple visit to their office on Beech Street or a phone call to aforementioned phone number can get you started with the process.
“We hope that we are helping people within the community who need it the most,” said Wotring. “But most of all, we want to let residents know that we are here to help if they should ever need us.”