Saturday, July 31, 2021

Play

Educators' unions call for efforts to ensure in-person learning keeps students, teachers, families, and staff safe; and an update on hate crimes by state.

Play

Congress passes Capitol security funding; House Freedom Caucus members want Cheney, Kinzinger out of GOP conference; Schumer closes a deal to advance $3.5 trillion reconciliation package; and a new report says investor-owned utilities try to block rooftop solar.

"Stepping Up To Fill The Plate” In The Face Of WV Foodbank Shortages

Play

Monday, February 23, 2009   

Gassaway and Charleston, WV - The economic crisis is squeezing the Mountaineer Food Bank at both ends, according to its executive director.

A survey published by the New York Times shows demand is up by 30 percent at food pantries across the county, and Carla Nardella says that matches what they are seeing locally. Plus, she says, Mountaineer's wholesale donations have fallen by one-third in the last two years. To make up the difference, they're relying on food drives and donations from local retailers.

"A few years ago, as hard as we tried, we couldn't get anybody interested in helping us do a food drive. And now, people are calling us and saying, 'We want to do a food drive. We want to do something to help.'"

Last year, says Nardella, a program to pick up food from local retailers began in June with just five companies making weekly donations. By November, the figure had risen to 45, a number she hopes to double soon.

Local food pantries are also getting creative to raise donations in the face of increasing demand. This week, Covenant House in Charleston hosts its third annual "Canstruction," an exhibit of sculptures built entirely from donated canned goods.

Executive Director Amy Weintraub says the event gives local architecture, engineering and building firms a chance to be creative for a good cause.

"We've had whitewater rafting scenes, with an entire raft made out of canned goods. We've had a scale model of the city of Charleston, with a coal barge going down the Kanawha River."

This year's Canstruction exhibits will be assembled on Tuesday, February 24, and displayed through Saturday, March 1, at Clay Center in Charleston. Admission is a donation of -- what else? -- canned goods.




get more stories like this via email

In addition to roof repairs and other home improvements to lower utility bills, a Michigan League for Public Policy report recommends expanding utility-shutoff protections to include households with young children. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

LANSING, Mich. - High utility costs are a major burden for Michigan's low-income residents, and a new study says they have an impact on their health…


Environment

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A new report shows an effort by investor-owned utilities in the Sunshine State to block the growth of rooftop solar. The …

Health and Wellness

By Troy Pierson / Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration. As marijuana becomes more …


Across the United States, 46 states have laws allowing for harsher punishment for crimes based on bias. (Ludk/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

SALT LAKE CITY - With rising numbers of people targeted in hate crimes and related violence, a new report analyzes the hate-crime laws in each state…

Social Issues

BOSTON - Educators' unions are calling on the state to support their efforts to ensure in-person learning in the fall keeps students, teachers…

According to AARP Connecticut, 47% of family caregivers have had at least one financial setback, such as having less money for retirement or savings, or cutting back on their own healthcare spending. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

HARTFORD, Conn. - In Connecticut, more than 460,000 people care for close friends or family members who can't manage on their own - and their …

Social Issues

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Millions of Americans soon could find eviction notices on their front doors, but New Mexico renters will not be among them - as …

Health and Wellness

CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire advocates for affordable healthcare access want Congress to lower prescription costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021