GRAFTON— Taylor County Family Resources (TCFR) continues to work for families in the community, serving nearly 500 residents just last week, during their monthly food distribution.
In conjunction with their many food and essential supply pantries, the TCFR also hosts monthly food distributions for those in need.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the dispersal process has changed in order to maintain recommended social distancing and is conducted through a drive through style setup.
Those attending the most recent distribution, on Friday, May 22, were asked to enter Graham Street Alley, using Walnut Street and Armstrong Avenue to gain access.
According to the TCFR, this setup was put in place to keep traffic flowing and moving safely through the area, but not without the help of the Grafton City Police Department.
“We are so thankful for the local police department for coming out and assisting with traffic,” expressed Lisa Wotring, TCFR Program Director. “It makes a huge difference. With their help directing traffic and the work of our volunteers the process was fairly seamless.”
Wotring shared that although the food boxes typically consist of some frozen food items and prepackaged nonperishables, they cannot guarantee any quantities or types of food items that are included for each month.
These distributions are conducted on a first come first serve basis, with no pre-registration required at this time, and all are welcome to attend and receive the items.
Wotring credits the success of the monthly distribution to the faithful program volunteers and hopes that TCFR can continue to assist families throughout the community.
“Saying thank you seems so little yet it’s truly a heartfelt appreciation that we want to send to everyone involved,” she voiced. “We love how Taylor County comes together for the common good. We could not have accomplished serving so many people without our volunteers or the Grafton Police officers. So, again thank you!”
In addition, Taylor County Family Resources has recently partnered with Monteverde’s Produce out of Crafton, PA for the summer to bring United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to Family Food Boxes to Taylor County and hosted their first distribution of sed boxes today.
These boxes are loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables that are currently in season and available, but due to a limited supply, they will be distributed by appointment only, on a weekly basis.
According to Joseph Soleburg, a representative with TCFR, this partnership was made possible through the CARES Act, in which the USDA has allowed produce suppliers to apply to receive funds that would allow them to distribute farm fresh produce to help keep America’s farmer’s farming and Americans fed.
While Soleburg shared that using a local farmer would have been ideal, they were required to choose a partner from a list of approved produce suppliers.
“Unfortunately, no West Virginia companies are listed, which seems unusual because the USDA was looking to approve at least one supplier from each state. It appears that perhaps no West Virginia produce suppliers applied for the program,” he mentioned. “That won’t stop Taylor County Family Resources from bringing this aid to West Virginia Families though.”
For more information on any of the programs and pantries offered by Taylor County Family Resources please call their office at 3004-265-6838, and be sure to follow them on Facebook at, https://www.facebook.com/tccfrn, for posts about upcoming distributions.