“We try to give people food from the five basic food groups and offer food with nutritional value,” said June Jude, program director.
Monday, House of Hope gave away 44 turkeys to needy families and gave food to 60 families which is almost double from the 31 families they helped in February.
Each family received enough food to feed a family of four for one week, which would equal about $100 to $120 worth of food depending on what is chosen.
Jude hopes to have even more families using their food pantry for their food giveaway in April.
“We’d like to be able to help 100 families next month,” said Jude. “Almost double the amount of people came in this month compared to February and that was just from word-of-mouth.”
The pantry, which is open on the fourth Monday of each month, is stocked with canned goods, dry goods and frozen food. The Mingo County Commission donated three refrigerators and five freezers to the organization.
The food pantry will be open again April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but if an emergency arises, House of Hope will give food to those who need it anytime during the month.
House of Hope will hold a meeting for interested volunteers and local pastors March 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Learning Center located next to the food pantry in Delbarton.
The organization is non-profit and works solely on donations and volunteering.