The Challenge

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 Solution

The Ridge is partnering with Mountaineer Food Bank, Pantry Plus More and Christian Help to be a part of the solution, and to Feed WV. All donations made will be distributed locally, regionally, statewide to those in need.

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How to help

Collection of non-perishable food items will begin April 4th and run through April 25th. Here is a detailed break-down:

  • On Sunday, April 4th, bags and instructions will be available at the exits.
  • If you aren’t attending an in-person service, you can fill your own grocery bags at home!
  • Drop off your high-demand, non-perishable food items at Entrance A at The Ridge any day & time between April 4th–25th!
  • If you would prefer to Feed WV by giving financially, please click below to donate. Choose the Feed WV Fund. You can also contribute by mailing a check made out to Chestnut Ridge Church with Feed WV in the memo line. 100% of the donations will be used to buy & distribute food.

Questions? Email us at info@theridge.church

High need items:

• Peanut Butter
• Jelly (strawberry or grape)
• Rice (bag or box)
• Noodles
• Cereal (whole grain, healthy options)
• Canned Soups
• Canned Tuna or Chicken
• Canned Fruit
• Canned Vegetables
• Canned Meals

 

All food collected will be distributed locally, regionally, and statewide through Christian Help, Mountaineer Food Bank, and Pantry Plus More. 

Join in

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:

Preschool

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.

Elementary

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.

Middle School

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.

High School

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.