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Residents capitalize on food distribution

March 4, 2011
By ANGELINA DICKSON, Special to the Brooke Scene

WEIRTON - Residents in Brooke and Hancock counties came out on Feb. 17 to participate in a community food distribution sponsored by the Community Bread Basket and the Salvation Army.

The joint effort was launched between the Salvation Army and the Community Bread Basket as part of the United States Department of Agriculture effort to promote the distribution in February, March and April.

Sharon Shingleton of the Salvation Army said the effort proved very successful. Many members of the community, she said, came out to volunteer from both organizations and they are still counting the number of people who came through the Salvation Army for the food distribution.

"Residents were asked to bring West Virginia identification and proof of the number of residents in the household," she said, noting no one was limited by the amount of income in the household.

The program allowed the Salvation Army and the Community Bread Basket to purchase a mobile canteen with 10,000 pounds of food for just $250, said Shingleton.

Some of the food available ranged from pizza to fresh fruits and vegetables to other basic needs.

"Thus far, it has been well worth it," Shingleton said, noting people were still heading to their office for assistance.

According to Shingleton, discussions are still being held as whether the program will continue in the coming months.

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