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Space needed for food distribution

ELKINS — A longtime community organizer is currently scouring the area in hopes of finding a location to distribute food to families in need.

Mill Creek resident Harvey Taylor came before the Randolph County Commission in hopes of finding a place for the Feed America Food Bank to park a semi tractor-and-trailer and hand out boxes of food.

Taylor said the Food Bank has already made some distributions to county residents at the 4-H Camp in Beverly, but recent snow and rain has made the ground there unsuitable for that purpose at the present time.

“I’ve been trying to get the food back from the Food Bank and I have a lot of people in the public willing to help,” Taylor told the commission. “The problem is that we’re having trouble trying to find a place to distribute it.

“The Family Resource Network had a board meeting this week and they approved this distribution of this food as well. Feed America is ready to bring us a truck load of food, we just need to find a location.”

Taylor said one of the main issues is that the distribution has to be done through the week and not on a weekend. He also said the past distributions at the 4-H Camp drew close to 500 vehicles carrying local residents needing food.

“If we could bring this truck in during a weekend, we wouldn’t have any issues,” he said. “But because they have to bring it on a weekday, it causes some problems. If it was a weekend we could do it at one of the high school parking lots or several different places.”

Taylor suggested to the commission that the Elkins-Randolph County Airport might be an ideal spot for the truck to come in and set up. But according to commissioners, there may be some regulations that would prevent the event from happening there.

“We will make a request, because as you know, the FAA will have to approve that,” Randolph County Commission President Mark Scott told Taylor. “It’s not something we can approve from the county, but we will reach out to them and see what we can do.”

Commissioners said they will do anything they can to help Taylor find a location for the food truck.

A day after the meeting, Taylor said he received a call from Commissioner Chris See on Friday morning and that See was checking several different locations for him.

“I’m asking the public to please, please help me make this happen,” Taylor told The Inter-Mountain Friday. “There’s a bad need in Randolph County for this food and I’m afraid if we don’t get on this, we’re going to lose it. They have a certain amount of food they can give out, and once it’s gone, there’s no more to give. There are people in this county that need this food.”

Taylor said if any business in the area has the extra space, or if any citizens have any ideas, to contact him at 304-338-2087.

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