MADISON, W.Va – The Madison Rotary met at the Madison United Methodist Church Thursday, November 3 at noon for their weekly luncheon and special guest presentation.
The special guest for this meeting was Preston Gore from Madison Baptist Church. He talked about Madison Baptist Church’s “biggest outreach ministry,” the food pantry.
Gore said, “In 2015 1600 people came to the pantry for food. This was a 30 percent increase over 2014.”
Last year there were several places that helped the Madison Baptist Church with donations with food as well as some monetary donations.
Gore said the food pantry receives a grant from the United Way each year.
Gore also said 1636 items were collected at Kroger three days before Thanksgiving.
Boone Memorial Hospital collected 2000 items. Madison mail carriers collected 436 items. St. Mary’s Catholic Church collected 1052 items. Madison Baptist Church collected 1280 items.
Gore said there were several other donations received from the Madison United Methodist Church as well as from the Madison VFW.
According to Gore there have been 41,000 items distributed to people this year.
“Recipients can come every 30 days,” said Gore.
According to Gore 83 percent of the recipients came to the food pantry six times or less and 17 percent came six times or more to the food pantry.
The food pantry is open three days a week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Gore said, “The pantry is staffed entirely with volunteers who are responsible for packing and handing out the food, traveling to pick up food and stocking the pantry.”
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder