West Virginia Wesleyan plans food drive in Upshur

BUCKHANNON — For the seventh year, West Virginia Wesleyan College will continue spreading the love to those in need throughout the community.

Each year, WVWC participates in the Spread the Love Peanut Butter Drive designed to collect peanut butter for the Upshur Parish House. In 2016, WVWC and the local community donated more than 767 jars of peanut butter to support families needing food assistance.

The Spread the Love Peanut Butter Drive is part of the Governor’s Day to Serve, which began in 2012 as a collaboration between the governors of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, and the mayor of Washington, D.C. Citizens, faith groups, businesses and community organizations were invited to join the cause, and the results were overwhelming. During the first year more than 14,000 volunteers carried out 750 community service projects. Over 600,000 pounds of food and planted hundreds of trees were collected and donated.

This year, WVWC is partnering with the city of Buckhannon to place drop-off stations throughout city in hopes of giving more to the Parish House. From Sept.10-15, community members can donate jars of peanut butter at designated drop-off areas.

Sarah Campbell, Buckhannon Volunteer Center’s coordinator, stopped by the Upshur County Commission weekly meeting asking permission to use the courthouse annex foyer as a drop-off area for the peanut butter drive.

“The reason that we collect (peanut butter) is because it’s a staple for families who go to the Parish House,” she told commissioners. “Every family that goes through gets a jar of peanut butter.”

Because of its nutrition value and popularity among families, Campbell said peanut butter doesn’t last long on the pantry shelves.

“The Parish House runs out of (peanut butter) pretty quickly and so we try to stock them up before the colder months,” Campbell said.

Commissioner Terry Cutright made a motion that the courthouse annex be utilized as a drop-off location. Commissioner Troy “Buddy” Brady seconded the motion and passed unanimously.

“Thanks for all you do,” said Brady to Campbell.

In other news, commissioners also:

• Approved and signed a letter of support for the Adrian PSD’s submission for funds through the USDA Rural Utilities Service to make improvements to the existing water distribution system.

• Approved and signed the FY 19 WV Community Corrections grant contract agreement, resolution, certifications and standard and special terms and conditions. The grant award is in the sum of $190,000 to be used for the continued operation of a community corrections program in Upshur and Lewis counties.

• Approved and signed the WV Secretary of State HAVA grant application, resolution, required statements and supporting documentation for the purchase/reimbursement of election equipment, physical security systems and network upgrades.

The next county commission meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 30 at the Upshur County Courthouse Annex.