Food Bank goes mobile

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

May 6, 2014

To participate in Southern W. Va. Poverty Awareness week, Logan Empower Action and Development has organized a Fill the Bus Food Drive that will be presented at various locations throughout the week.

PRIDE of Logan has loaned them a bus for the week to store the food and make the food bank mobile.

“We’re really hoping to stuff the bus,” says Beatrice Sias of LEAD. “This is our first year doing this, and we hope a lot of people will jump on board.”

The bus will be at Towne n Country Foodland in Chapmanville today. Its schedule for the rest of the week is

• Wal-Mart — Thursday, May 8

• Pic Pac — Frida,y May 9

“There are just so many people out there who are hungry,” says Sias.

And she is right. According to statistics, nearly 47,309 households in souther W. Va. are recieving food stamp benefits, and a quarter of W. V.a children are living below the poverty threshold.

LEAD is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 2011 after a group of local citizens banded together with a common goal of making Logan County one of the best places to live, work and raise a family. They are combatting poverty in many ways.

Since its beginning, LEAD has organized thousands of hours of community and volunteer service in several projects throughout the county such as: Make it Shine, Princess Project, Community Kitchen and the Shoe Voucher Program.

If you are interested in helping with the food drive, visit one of the locations listed above on their respective dates, or call LEAD at 304-896-8551.