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Rotary learns about Table of Hope

May 20, 2012
By ANGELINA DICKSON - Special to the Herald-Star , The Herald-Star

WEIRTON - Talks of providing Weirton residents with an opportunity to get a free meal have come to fruition with the Table of Hope.

Carole Scheerbaum spoke to the Weirton Heights Rotary Club for a second week in a row to discuss a new program, the Table of Hope, where anyone can come and enjoy a meal. She said the nice thing about the program is that there are no fees and no income guidelines.

Scheerbaum said the program is truly a labor of love by a group of individuals set out to meet the local needs. She said some of those needs include homelessness and hunger problems and those on the verge of falling into that category.

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NEW PROGRAM – Volunteers gathered in the kitchen of the First United Methodist Church on West Street to prepare food for the Table of Hope, a place where anyone can enjoy a free dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday regardless of income. For information, contact the Table of Hope at (304) 670-9544. -- Angelina Dickson

The best place to host the Table of Hope was a neutral place, said Scheerbaum, and so it was the desire of the First United Methodist Church to house the project and provide a restaurant-style setting from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with no questions asked.

"We are so excited to be able to get this project up and running," she added.

Volunteers have been stepping up to get their food handler cards, which Scheerbaum said is a requirement by the Hancock County Health Department to work in the kitchen. She said even more volunteers come in to direct people downstairs, serve the dinner and clean up after.

"It truly is a place where people can come together," she said.

Anyone interested in helping can stop by to sign up to volunteer for any number of positions. Scheerbaum suggested the Weirton Heights Rotary Club, of which she is a member, take a night to meet there and volunteer their time and talents to assist the program.

Over the past few weeks the Table of Hope has been operating, Scheerbaum said more than 270 people have come through to get a meal and 145 people have take time to volunteer. She said donations to purchase food and other products have come from local sources and due to certain restrictions by the county health department, monetary donations and time are preferred.

For information on the Table of Hope, contact Pam Donahue at (304) 670-9544.

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