Tom Knopp, director of the Good Samaritan Center in Wayne County, plans to walk 25 miles in every county to raise awareness for the hungry. He also will raise money for the state's two food banks and local community food pantries along the way.
He will be in Barbour County Saturday, where he will begin his local walk at 8:30 a.m. at the Barbour County Courthouse steps. He plans to walk through town to the Community Garden Market, at the corner of the Route 250 Bypass and South Main Street in Philippi, where he will be available to share his story and collect donations until approximately 2 p.m.
Everyone is invited to come out and meet Knopp and consider supporting his efforts.
Donations from the area will go to Mountaineer Food Bank or the local food pantry of the donor's choice.
He began his journey April 22 at the Cabell County Courthouse. Resting on Sundays, he is scheduled to make his journey in 65 days and end in his home county June 24.
In addition to Barbour County on Saturday, he is scheduled to come through the following counties at these dates: Lewis County today; Upshur on Friday; Tucker on May 20; Hardy on May 27; Grant on May 28; Pendleton on May 29; Randolph on May 30; and Pocahontas on May 31.
Anyone who would like to help, make a donation, ask for Knopp to speak to a group or church, or simply meet Knopp and even walk with him can follow his journey by visiting www.walkingouthunger.org or calling Barb Melvin at 304-751-7921 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.