Throughout the year, but especially during cold-weather months, local families need help putting food on the table.
The annual Send Help campaign, which is under way and will continue through the end of the year, takes aim at the issue of hunger by raising awareness about our local food pantries, the services they provide and the very important assistance they give hundreds of our friends and neighbors week in and week out. The effort is sponsored by The Marietta Times and WMOA Radio on behalf of the area's food pantries.
Helping is easy. Donations can be sent directly to the food pantry of your choice. Thirteen food pantries are participating in this year's campaign. The many volunteers and others who operate the pantries say now is the time of year more people turn to food pantries more often. Paychecks are spread thinner because of increased heating costs and less access to gardens and other home-grown food and even food stamps.
Some seasonal workers by now find themselves out of work.
For these reasons and more, the local food pantries struggle to meet a growing need. We ask that you consider donations to a food pantry this winter. You can send donations to:
Belpre Area Ministries, 2310 Washington Blvd., Belpre, 45714. (Serves Belpre and Little Hocking)
Beverly-Waterford Food Pantry, PO Box 7, Beverly, 45715. (Serves Waterford and Watertown townships)
Community Food Pantry of Marietta, 318 Front St., Marietta, 45750. (Serves Marietta, Devola, Harmar and Reno)
Gospel Mission Food Pantry, 309 Lancaster St., Marietta, 45750. (Serves Marietta and anyone in need)
LAMB Pantry, C/O Judy Gilham, 305 Fourth St., Lowell, 45744. (Serves Coal Run, Lowell and Highland Ridge)
Marietta Church of God Food Pantry, 501 Colegate Drive, Marietta, 45750. (Serves the Marietta Area)
New Matamoras Food Pantry, PO Box 724, New Matamoras, 45767 (Serves New Matamoras and vicinity)
Newport Food Pantry, C/O Newport Baptist Church, 235 Green St., Newport, 45768. (Serves Newport, Lawrence and lower Independence townships)
3-C Food Pantry, PO Box 32, Cutler, 45724. (Serves Decatur, Fairfield and Wesley townships)
Tri-County Food Pantry, PO Box 41, Lower Salem, 45745. (Serves Lower Salem, Dalzell, Elba, Macksburg, Warner and Whipple areas)
Wood County Emergency Food Co-Op, C/O Polly Shepherd, 1502 43rd St., Parkersburg, 26104. (Serves 17 food pantries and feeding programs in Wood County.)
Western Washington County Food Pantry, PO Box 151, Barlow, 45712. (Serves Warren, Barlow, Decatur, Dunham, Fairfield, Palmer and Wesley townships)
Williamstown Food Pantry, C/O Karen Fenton, 129 E. Fifth St., Williamstown, 26187. (Serves Williamstown and vicinity)
While donations of food are always appreciated, local food pantries can make monetary donations go even further.