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O’Neill prepares holiday meal boxes for seniors

(Photo provided) Trina Cummings, Vice President – Financial Advisor with Peoples Bank, left, and Staci Matheney, President Peoples Insurance, right, present a check for $3,500 to Erin O’Neill, center, Development Coordinator with the O’Neill Senior Center.

When the Belpre Senior Center halted their in person lunches, concern grew over the ever present food insecurities since the pandemic began.

We understand that 1 in 6 in Washington County is touched by food insecurity concerns.

Hearing this, Peoples Bank quickly stepped up to ask how they could help. We worked together and decided that with rising food costs, holiday box deliveries would be a nice way to provide seniors with a little help during the holiday season.

Peoples Bank presented the O’Neill Center with a check for $3,500 to help purchase items to feed 100 families for Thanksgiving.

Thanks also to a community partnership with Over the Moon Pizza and Pasky’s Sports and More, we are able to extend the holiday meal boxes to Christmas.

“They were generous enough to incorporate a fundraiser into their trivia tournament,” explained Erin O’Neill, Development Coordinator for the Center. “Pasky’s brought us a check for $450 and Over the Moon collected food items throughout the tournament and also on First Friday. We are so grateful to them and to Peoples Bank for helping us make this dream a reality. Food insecurity with rising expenses is a real concern. Thankfully, for 100 families at least, they will be guaranteed a couple of wonderful holiday meals. “

O’Neill Center has received items such as bags of potatoes, boxes of stuffing, canned vegetables and monetary contributions that will allow us to fill in the gaps and provide at least 100 families with a holiday box that will have all of the fixings included for a nice holiday meal and leftovers, too!

“It never ceases to amaze me how generous our little community is. When a need arises, everyone pulls together to help make sure no one goes without. At this time of year, especially, that’s the kind of community spirit we need,” O’Neill said.

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