OHIO VALLEY — God’s Hands at Work are partnering with Norris Northup Dodge throughout November to collect food for the GHAW pantry.
The week of Nov. 12-18 is national hunger and homelessness awareness week, and Lisa Carroll, director at GHAW, hopes to draw attention to that with this canned food drive.
During November, Norris Northup will be collecting nonperishable food items for the pantry, and matching the donations can for can.
“It’s very exciting, it helps us provide meals for those who are less fortunate through the holidays and throughout the year,” said Carroll. “There seems to be a greater need for food boxes during the winter months.”
This is the second year for the food drive, and last year was a big success. According to Carroll, an entire van was filled with canned goods along with two truck beds. This food drive provided enough food for GHAW that it lasted nearly an entire year.
“We don’t have the funding or backing to purchase food in bulk, we rely on the community in a big way,” stated Carroll.
The goal this year is to exceed what was collected last year, collecting enough food to help families for the entire year. While it has the practical aspect, the event is also intended to promote awareness to hunger and homelessness in our area.
“Our food pantry feeds five counties: Meigs, Mason, Gallia, Jackson, and Vinton,” said Carroll. “We use that food for shut-ins, the homeless, and the hungry throughout the holiday season and winter.”
Carroll explained that the increase in need during the winter season is likely attributed to the rise in utilities and other costs of living. The food drive directly helps them combat hunger in our hometowns.
While Norris Northup has agreed to host the collection and match the donations can for can, they will also be giving away a mystery car from their used lot. To win, a person must donate canned food to the drive and their name will be entered into a drawing.
“It’s great to have the community come together like this,” stated Carroll.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.