Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's spokesperson, Sean Hill, pledged the governor's support of a drive to collect 2 million pounds of food for hungry West Virginians. The drive is to replace fresh and frozen food that spoiled when electrical power was lost during the summer storms.
A news conference this week in the Capitol Courtyard, attended by numerous volunteers and agencies, featured displays of items used by food pantries. Hill said Tomblin urged the food-drive partners to call him if they need anything to support the effort.
The food drive is coordinated by the West Virginia Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, according to Jenny Gannaway, State Chair of VOAD.
"The 2 million pounds of food, roughly 1 pound for each resident of our state, will help us feed many hungry children who do not get regular meals. I expect West Virginians to exceed 1 pound," Gannaway said.
Area food banks need to restock with frozen meat, fresh and frozen vegetables, dairy products, deer and cash donations since they emptied their pantries helping people whose refrigerators and freezers quit working for two weeks or longer after the June 29 storm.
Support for the hungry can be made by: