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County food pantries get 8,000 pounds of food

Photo by Michele Newbanks Mason Beuhring, communications and program services director for the Marietta Community Foundation, unloads boxes of food from the Harvest of Hope truck Tuesday at the Gospel Mission Food Pantry in Marietta.

A grant from the Marietta Community Foundation is supplying around 8,000 pounds of food to Washington County food pantries.

The food was dispersed Tuesday by vehicles owned by Washington County Harvest of Hope.

Joe Baker delivered nearly 40 boxes and bins of food to Gospel Mission Food Pantry Tuesday afternoon. He’s volunteered to drive the van for at least five years and his route usually takes him to the Tri-County Food Pantry in Lower Salem.

“It looked like a great opportunity to volunteer for a very worthwhile cause,” he said.

He was assisted in unloading the van by Gospel Mission volunteer Craig Moore and Mason Beuhring, communications and program services director for the Marietta Community Foundation. The boxes and bins were filled with all varieties of foods, including produce, dairy, bakery goods, breads and meat.

“(Tuesday), we stopped at Giant Eagle and then Warren’s IGA,” he said, noting he and another volunteer, Mike Buell, stopped for food Monday at the Latrobe Street Mission in Parkersburg. “(Wednesday) the food from our $10,000 grant should start to come in and get dispersed to the food pantries via Harvest of Hope’s delivery schedule.”

He said Harvest of Hope will go around to local grocery stores to collect food that will be going out of date in a few days.

“Harvest of Hope transports it to different food pantries in order to distribute it in a timely manner,” Beuhring said. “Depending on the size of the population that they cater to, some (pantries) might be getting a little larger load than others.”

He said a similar split was done last year as a result of the government shutdown.

“By our estimations, we delivered over 8,000 pounds of food to the 13 pantries,” Beuhring explained. “Warren’s has been very generous with extremely discounted rates to get the most bang for our buck to help out as many people as we can.”

Moore said the food delivered Tuesday would last two or three weeks.

“Last week, 553 individuals stopped by for food, which is up since everything is closed,” he said.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

• Marietta Community Foundation gave $10,000 to 13 county food pantries to purchase food.

• Food deliveries were held Tuesday.

• Last year, the $10,000 allowed for the purchase of around 8,000 pounds of food.

• Washington County Harvest of Hope transports the food to the local pantries.

Source: Marietta Community Foundation.

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