Wilda Church of WE CARE, With Extra Care Families Are Special, Inc., wants the Wetzel County community to know that the WE CARE food bank, located at Burton's old post office, is open and offering monthly assistance on the last Friday of every month from 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m.
The pantry's first giveaway at their new location occurred in February. The food pantry has 60 families on the books, but in March only 28 of those families sought assistance at their new location. Church is determined to increase the number of families being assisted by the charity.
People qualify for WE CARE by income. They just need to walk in, bring proof of their income, and tell how many are in their family. Those who visit the food bank are encouraged to bring their own container in which to take home the commodities given. Church noted that based on family size, all who arrive at WE CARE get the same amount of goods.
Wilda Church invites people in need to receive assistance from WE CARE on the last Friday of every month from 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. It is now located in the former Burton Post Office.
The WE CARE food bank is sponsored by community churches-Harmony Baptist Church and the Hundred United Methodist Church Charge which includes the Hundred, Rush Run, Thomas Chapel, and Littleton churches. The churches provide support in many ways; one is through the product of the month when attendees bring a certain item for donation. For instance, March's products were ramen noodles and jelly. Various community groups and schools also hold food drives to help stock the shelves. Those wanting to assist the food pantry are encouraged to make monetary donations at Union Bank in Hundred.
Also, a mainstay of assistance comes from the Mountaineer Food Bank in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture. "We do get a lot of help from the USDA," credited Church. She further noted that the United Way assists the pantry-an important fact since she thinks often local people don't believe the United Way's reach trickles down to the local area.
The WE CARE board is made up of Linda Henderson, Jackie Lunceford, Lisa Whan, Chandy Kimble, Rose Snyder, and Bradley Bragg. Officers are Jason Sleeth, chair; Howard Henderson, co-chair; Amy White, secretary; and Church, treasurer.
Church thanks all of her communities and helpers, saying "Without them, we wouldn't be successful."
The food bank holds fund raisers and they are currently working on getting their tax-exempt 501(c)3 status renewed.