As some of us head out to spend a little more on Christmas gifts this season, others in our community are wondering how they will put dinner on the table that night.
Food pantries are in need all year, but especially need help around the holidays.
We urge readers to take part in the annual Send Help campaign, by sending donations directly to one (or several) of 12 area food pantries. Look for the ad with addresses running in The Marietta Times or simply send a check to the addresses below.
One hundred percent of the donations will go to the pantry of your choice and benefit local families.
Giving to food pantries is a great way to stretch a donation dollar. Every $1 donated is worth $5 to the pantries, who receive discounted grocery prices.
That means only $40 can feed a family of four for a month.
The pantries that are part of the Send Help Campaign are:
Belpre Area Ministries, 2310 Blvd., Belpre, OH 45714.
Beverly-Waterford Food Pantry, P.O. Box 7, Beverly, OH 45715.
Community Food Pantry of Marietta, 318 Front St., Marietta, OH 45750.
L.A.M.B. Pantry, c/o Judy Gilham, 305 4th St., Lowell, OH 45744.
Lower Salem Food Pantry, P.O. Box 41, Lower Salem, OH 45745.
Marietta Church of God Food Pantry, c/o Dorothy Dunn, 610 N. Seventh St., Marietta, OH 45750.
New Matamoras Food Pantry, P.O. Box 512, New Matamoras, OH 45767.
Newport Food Pantry, c/o Newport Baptist Church, 235 Green St., Newport, OH 45768.
Wood County Emergency Food Co-op, c/o Polly Shepherd, 1502 43rd St., Parkersburg, WV 26104.
Western Washington County Food Pantry, P.O. Box 151, Barlow, OH 45712.
Williamstown Food Pantry, c/o Karen Fenton, 129 E. 5th St., Williamstown, WV, 26187.
Gospel Mission Food Pantry, P.O. Box 6, Marietta, OH 45750.