HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Two large food banks in West Virginia are getting a major boost during the COVID-19 pandemic courtesy of Kroger Mid-Atlantic.
Mountaineer Food Bank received a $10,000 cash donation and nine pallets of peanut butter, consisting of 10,300 individual jars valued at nearly $11,000. The company also donated $20,000 to Facing Hunger Foodbank, which will be utilized to aid its senior feeding program, a release said.
“At a time when we need it most, Kroger is a critical partner, recognized the need and stepped right in. We are able to support what is an additional 150,000 meals that gracious donation,” Cynthia Kirkhart, the executive director of Facing Hunger Foodbank said on Thursday’s MetroNews ‘Talkline.’
Kirkhart and Chad Morrison, the executive director of the Mountaineer Foodbank reported bumps in service numbers in the last month. She said there has been a 30 percent increase, serving 55,000 more unemployed and seniors.
Morrison says his foodbank has served over 21,000 additional emergency food boxes in the past four weeks.
“They are always right there by our side in times of need and throughout the entire year,” Morrison said. “This is a tremendous gift and like Cindy (Kirkhart) said with the food gift as well, they are going to help us feed a lot of hungry people in West Virginia.”
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Allison McGee, the corporate affairs manager for Kroger Mid-Atlantic said “We’re inspired by the work of Mountaineer Food Bank and Facing Hunger Foodbank, and we are doing our best to bring critically needed food and resources to those who are struggling with hunger at this time. Our foodbank partners need us now more than ever, and we will continue to look for solutions to support them.”
Kroger Mid-Atlantic says the company is also is working with Feeding America and their partner agencies by collecting non-perishable food items. Customers can support these efforts by donating the non-perishable food items into bins placed at the front of Mid-Atlantic stores.