Each year, choosing an item to give up for Lent is always a tough choice. This year, why not make the choice to give food to feed the hunger during the Lenten season?
Catholic Charities West Virginia, located at 103 Randolph Ave. in Elkins, is facing a shortage of canned and nonperishable items for distribution. To help combat this shortage, Regional Director Cindy Hammer is asking folks to help fill the shelves by participating in 40 Cans For 40 Days.
"The Lenten season, which started on Ash Wednesday, is 40 days long," Hammer said. "We are asking folks to contribute one can a day for each of those 40 days. Everyone's support would go a long way to helping fill our shelves, so we can continue to serve those in need."
Cindy Hammer, Catholic Charities West Virginia’s regional director, asks residents to donate 40 cans of food for 40 days during Lent to the local charity, which needs help filling its pantry shelves. (Submitted photo)
Hammer said donations can be made directly to Catholic Charities office, and a donation does not have to be exactly 40 cans of food.
"We appreciate all help we receive and accept all donations of canned food and nonperishable items," Hammer said.
As part of 40 Cans For 40 Days, the local Knights of Columbus will receive $100 for every 500 pounds of food donations from the Supreme Council.
"The Knights of Columbus do so much to help the community," Hammer said. "So food donations not only help our food bank, but also help raise money that will be used in our community for youth projects."
Additional information is available by calling Catholic Charities West Virginia at 304-636-4875.