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Nonprofit organization helping to feed the needy

Submitted photo The Central West Virginia Center for Pregnancy Care in Buckhannon has distributed 3,200 boxes of food for those in need. Workers finish emptying the truck the center uses to get the food each week from World Vision in Philippi.

BUCKHANNON — Just because the Central West Virginia Center for Pregnancy Care is devoted to offering educational, emotional, practical and spiritual support to those who already are, or may be planning on becoming pregnant, that doesn’t mean the organization can’t help out in other facets of the community.

During the past six months the non-profit has been working to help out those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. During that span the organization has collected and distributed 3,200 food boxes for those in need in the Buckhannon area.

“We’ve given out about 800 food boxes per month since August,” said Central West Virginia Center for Pregnancy Care director Barbara Kincaid. “It started out in August that we were just helping some of our moms out who were in need. Then we found out we could get more and it just ballooned out into the community.”

Kincaid said the food is donated by World Vision, a non-profit Christian humanitarian organization with an office in Philippi dedicated to working with children, families and communities worldwide.

“There are a lot of people out there right now needing help, especially with food,” said Kincaid. “It doesn’t make sense to give them one box per month, that really doesn’t fix the problem. So we’re giving them one a week.”

Every Tuesday and Friday, a truck with a trailer from Kincaid’s organization makes the trip to Philippi to pick up the boxes of food.

“As soon as we pull up with the trailer in Buckhannon, people are there waiting to get food,” she said. “And all the boxes have a variety of foods in them that are wonderful. We give them all out until they are gone.”

Kincaid said most of the boxes contain items such as milk, yogurt, potatoes, apples, chicken strips and hot dogs. Sometimes they include different items but she said they are always filled with things people like to eat.

She added that officials are planning to continue to continue the Tuesday and Friday distributions until Christmas. Anyone wanting to pick up a box needs to be at the Pregnancy Care’s Center’s location on Meadow Street between 9:30-10:30 a.m.

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