GRAFTON—Some Grafton residents will have a turkey and some fixings on their table this Thanksgiving, thanks to a local organization geared at helping those in need throughout the year.
The Grafton Salvation Army prides itself on being an organization of support for the community, and according to Captain Denise Stewart, whenever they are able to help out, they will.
On Thursday, the charitable organization held a Thanksgiving food distribution for families in need this holiday season.
“Thanksgiving should be a time of celebration and happiness, not a time of worry,” shared Stewart. “The Grafton Salvation Army wanted to take some of the pressure off of some of our local families this holiday season.”
She revealed that the distribution is important to the organization because they see the struggle of families nearly daily.
“We have a lot of multigenerational families here in Taylor County, and we see them struggling to make ends meet,” Stewart commented. “No one should have to worry about whether or not they are going to have food on the table, and especially at Thanksgiving.”
Stewart revealed that 50 Taylor County families were able to take part in this year’s distribution. They were given a turkey, pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, rice and yams, beans and other goodies to fill their tables.
They also packed up some snacks and drink mixes to help keep area children’s tummies happy over Thanksgiving break.
“We wanted to make sure there was plenty of food for each family, because we knew that kids would be on break from school, and we wanted to make sure they had something to eat,” said Stewart.
Volunteers were on hand to help pass out the holiday dinner fixings to families in the community.
“It’s nothing fancy,” she expressed. “Just the basics. But, it is our hope that it helps out some this year.”
In addition to Taylor County residents receiving food, they also fed 50 families in Randolph County and 35 households in Barbour County.
“That number has grown from last year, but when we saw a need, we jumped in to help out,” Stewart noted.
Last year, approximately 25 families in each county were served.
Although the Thanksgiving meals have already been passed out, the Salvation Army’s food pantry remains open for families in need.
The pantry is opened at the Beech Street location on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
The food is partially provided through the USDA. Other items are donated by the community, are obtained through a partnership with Mountaineer Food Bank and some times are purchased by the Salvation Army.
“We make weekly purchases above what is allocated to us, to ensure there is plenty of food for everyone,” shared Captain Gary Stewart.
Families acquiring food items that were obtained through the USDA will have to meet certain guidelines, but G. Stewart revealed that they are able to be a little more lenient with the food items the Salvation Army purchases for the pantry.
Those wishing to utilize the pantry are asked to bring with them proof of income and expenses and photo identification.
Residents in Barbour County can visit the Salvation Army during the days and times listed above to obtain food, while individuals in Randolph County may visit the Elkins location on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. until noon to receive food.
The Stewarts revealed that the Salvation Army is happy to accept donations from the community for their food pantry. Donations may be made during the pantry’s regular hours.
The Grafton Salvation Army will be holding a Christmas food distribution in December.
For more information on the distribution or the requirements for signing up, please contact the Grafton Salvation Army by phone at 304-265-3565.