Many West Virginia residents confront significant barriers to accessing nutritious food—1 in 7 people struggle with hunger, and 1 in 5 kids go hungry. These are neighbors, friends, co-workers, classmates.
The Ridge is partnering with Mountaineer Food Bank and Christian Help to be a part of the solution, and to Feed WV. All donations made will be distributed statewide to those in need.
How to help
Collection of non-perishable food items will begin March 18th and run through April 8th. Here is a detailed break-down:
- On March 11th, bags and instructions will be availble and distributed to vehicles in the parking lots during services.
- Sunday, March 18th, bring non-perishable food items with you to church and leave them by your car for “bumper crop” pick-up (if it’s raining, please bring them into the building with you!).
Distribution will begin mid-April—check back for updates and progress!
High needs items:
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Involve your WHOLE family in this year’s food drive! You can begin to help your children understand that others are in need, and how they can help, even from a young age. Here are some ideas for ways to make Feed WV a family event:
Discuss with your preschooler how you can show thankfulness for your food (including showing gratitude to those who grow/sell/make our food and not wasting food). Talk about how every person in the world deserves to have enough food to live. Ask these simple questions, “How would you feel if you were hungry all day and did not have any food to eat?” and “What should we do if we know someone does not have enough food?” Finish off by considering how important it is to find ways to support people who do not have enough food.
Skip going for take out one night when you would usually eat out, and make something simple at home, like beans and rice or pasta. At dinner talk about the difference in going out vs. eating in. Explain the difference in cost to your children, and encourage them to share their thoughts about the cost of food. Help them to see that some people can’t afford something as basic as food day to day.
Ask your child when they’ve been the hungriest. Have them explain to your family what it felt like, and if they were ever worried that they wouldn’t be fed. Have a conversation explaining that there are people in the world who aren’t sure where their next meal might come from. Together, google stats about hunger worldwide.
Talk to your student about how much you would usually spend on food, both groceries and eating out, in a typical month. Together create an adjusted budget for the month, figuring out ways to spend less on your own food. Use the money that you saved to purchase food to donate to Feed WV.