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Rotarians Package Food To Fight World Hunger

By Staff | Oct 23, 2019

Keith Craycraft and Coach Dave Tallman help with Rise against Hunger

Local Rotary Clubs from New Martinsville, Mouindsville, and Wheeling joined together as one big team on Saturday at the Marshall County Fairgrounds with a goal of packaging 20,000 meals to be sent beyond our borders for those in need.

The event is a huge undertaking, but the local Rotarians along with other volunteers were up to the challenge. Everyone of those involved had a responibility to keep the food chain moving as the assembly line worked in unison to accomplish the goal and add to the delivery trailer which will be filled with 300,000 meals and then shipped to needy areas.

Directing the event was Joey Kelly of the Pittsburgh office of Rise Against Hunger who is familiar with the region’s rotary club’s adding he’s worked with some of them before.

“This is the first time they’ve done it as a group. There’s different rotaries represented here,” he said. Rise against Hunger works with other non-government agencies in other countries to transport food to needy areas, particularly to children.

“A lot of these go to school lunches. … We partner all over the world. We partner with South America, Africa.”

“It’s a great event,” Larry Blalock, president of New Martinsville’s rotary club, said. “The three clubs decided to join together. …We pride ourselves on community and international service. This is an international project. We’re thankful for all the sponsors of our event and thankful for all the volunteers that showed up to help us today.”

“This is a collaboration between the three of us,” Melynda Sampson from the Wheeling Rotary Club said. “Doing an assembly to get these bags filled and sealed and sent to the people that are in need. … We see people that have food security issues and we don’t want anybody to go hungry. … can you imagine going for days without a meal? That’s what drives us.”

Nineteen sponsors helped the Rotary Clubs by raising nearly $5,000 while the Rotary’s donted an additional $2,000. The sponsors included individuals, businesses and organizations.

Sponsors for the event were GPC Development; Kevin Coyne: Kroger, Inc.; Main Street Basmk; Sleep Inn; Defelice Bros. Pizza-Moundsville; Greg Marquart; Hartley & Straub, PLLC; Virgina Dulany; Barrista’s Cafe & Pub; Edward Jones – Daneil Young; Marshall County Fairgroundsl Middletown Homes; Dr. Neil Marshall; Send Out Cards; Sue Blevins & H. Lawrence Jones; and Wesbanco.