Over 800 people served at local food distribution


TAYLOR COUNTY—On Saturday, one local organization, with the help of community partners held a food distribution to help ensure those in the community do not go without.

Executive Director of Project HOP2E Bryan Smith shared that during their summer food distribution, they distributed over 15,000 pounds of food to 873 people in the area.

With such a large distribution, Smith said that it could not have been done without the help of the folks in the community and those who helped with food drives and donations.

“We had 32 volunteers who helped us set up on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as with the distribution on Saturday,” he commented. “Without these volunteers and the countless hours they devoted over the four days, the distribution would not have been possible!”

Some of the volunteers were from BB&T bank and they were there taking part in their local Lighthouse Grant Project, to give back to the community.

In addition to the volunteers Smith added the distribution would not have been possible without donations and sponsors.

“We would like to thank Walmart, BB&T, Heiner’s Bakery, Mountaineer Food Bank, USDA, Chris and Don Moore and Message of Freedom Church,” said Smith.

Message of Freedom has not only allowed Project HOP2E to use their Fellowship Hall but has also been a huge sponsor of the past five distributions. 

“They are an amazing partner in helping us feed those in need throughout the area,” shared Smith.   

During the event, Project HOP2E and the collaborative partners also passed out drinks and food to those waiting in line.

Mike Thrush President of Project HOP2E shared he would also like to thank Message of Freedom Church, BB&T Bank, Wal-Mart and the countless volunteers who gave up their Saturday to help with their huge summer food giveaway.

“Without the support from the groups I mentioned, we would not be able to make something this big happen,” Thrush expressed.  “As President of Project HOP2E I can honestly say I have never been involved with something this big. It truly touches your heart.”

On Monday, members from Project HOP2E went to Walmart to accept a check in the amount of $1,500 that will be used to help restock the pantry.Assistant Manger Brenda Brown commented that they are happy to help with restocking the food pantry.

“It’s great to be a part of a community that cares for one another and works together to help each other,” she expressed.

Thrush shared that the donation shows that even though Wal-Mart is a bigger corporation, they do care for the community.

The members thanked Brown for her donation and continued support the Project HOP2E.

Even though the summer food distribution just ended, Smith revealed that Project HOP2E is already planning two mobile distributions here in Taylor County.

“We will be partnering with Mountaineer Food Bank and EQT, on August 1 and November 1, for two mobile distributions in the county,” he commented.

Smith added that a location has not been set yet but be sure to like and follow Project HOP2E on Facebook for more information on upcoming events and how you can help.

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