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Preparation under way to provide students enough meals during planned teacher walkout

With a statewide walkout planned for Thursday and Friday of this week, teachers and other groups across the state are making arrangements to make sure kids don't go hungry while school is out. (WCHS/WVAH)

With a statewide walkout planned for Thursday and Friday of this week, teachers and other groups across the state are making arrangement to make sure kids don't go hungry while school is out.

Each school day students are fed breakfast and lunch, but when school is not in session, as it will not be during the statewide walkout, students will go without four of their regular meals.

Backpack Blessings feeds 270 designated students in seven different schools each week.

When there is an emergency or a sudden school cancellation, such as the teacher walkout, Backpack Blessings provides extra food for those additional days off and for extra students.

"We are going to prepare extra bags and have those here so if anyone needs them all they have to do is get in touch with us at the church and they can stop by and pick one up,” Debi O’Dell said.

As O’Dell and a group of volunteers spent Tuesday night preparing the bags to send home with students Wednesday, preparations also were underway at Manna Meal in Charleston.

“We do plan for unexpected number of increases due to weather, this walkout," Manna Meal Outreach Director Amy Wolfe said. "It could be a natural disaster - anything."

Manna Meal serves two meals a day, 365 days a year, seeing an increase in children when school is out for the summer, holiday breaks and often cancellations.

"With the anticipated or planned walkout Thursday and Friday, I’m anticipating that our numbers will be up a little bit with children,” Wolfe said.

Kanawha County Schools will be giving much of its perishable food items to Manna Meal so food doesn't go to waste when schools are out Thursday and Friday.

"We would really like to invite anyone here with children who didn't know that they could come here. It's a safe environment. We serve breakfast from 8 to 9. Lunch is from 11:30 to 1,” Wolfe said.

O'Dell said it's all about reaching out to kids.

"If we help one child, and I know we've helped many more than that, then it's all been worthwhile,” O’Dell said.

These groups are just two on the list of schools, churches and other organizations in the county preparing food for students. The full list is available below and will be continuously updated on the Kanawha County School Facebook page.

Manna Meal

1105 Quarrier St.

Charleston, WV 25301

304-345-7121

Breakfast – 8-9 a.m.

Lunch 11:30-1 p.m.

Dunbar-Institute Samaritan Center

12421 Page Blvd.

Dunbar, WV 25064

304-768-3828

Rand Community Center

5701 Church Drive

Rand, WV 25306

304-925-9200

Rand Pantry

10209 Lemmon Drive Rd.

Rand, WV 25302

304-925-8078

Charleston Family Resource Center

1410 4th Ave.

Charleston, WV

304-388-2545

Open 8-6 on 2/23 & 2/24 for all students who attend MCSWE, Grandview or Edgewood

CFRC East End

502 Ruffner Ave.

Charleston, WV

304-344-1656

Call for child care, drop-in information on 2/23 & 2/24.

Church of the Nazarene

Campbell’s Creek

733 Big Coal Fork Drive

Charleston, WV 25306

304-925-4373

This charity supports the residents of Campbell’s Creek, Rutledge Road, Paint Dr., Malden, Piedmont Drive and Snow Hill only.

Christ’s Kitchen at St. Mark’s

405 B Street

Saint Albans, WV 25177

304-722-4913

304-549-9402

Open 10:00-1:00 on Thursday & Friday

Mt. Juliet UMC

417 E 4th Street

Belle, WV

For more info contact Rev. Darick Biondi, e-mail darick.biondi@gmail.com

Unitarian Universalist Congregation

520 Kanawha Blvd

Charleston, WV

5:30-8:00 PM on Wednesday, food bags available for pickup

10:00-2:00 on Thursday

Grace Bible Church

600 Kanawha Blvd.

Charleston, WV

304-345-5042

Food bags available for pickup:

5:30-8:00 PM on 2/21/18

10-2 on 2/23

Morris Memorial Church Community Dinner

4615 MacCorkle Ave.

Charleston, WV

6 p.m. dinner Thursday, 2/22

Common Grounds

6600 MacCorkle Ave.

Kanawha City, WV

304-720-9690

Methodist Church in Clendenin

119 Koontz Ave

Clendenin, WV

304-548-5362

Emergency pantry open 2-6 p.m.

LERMA Elkview/Pinch

1 Timberdale Dr.

Elkview, WV

Emergency pantry

Union Mission (Pantry)

700 South Park Road

Charleston, WV 25304

304-925-0366

Covenant House (Pantry)

16 Leon Sullivan Way

Charleston, WV

304-344-8053

Open 9 a.m. – noon

Canaan UMC

731 Bigley Ave

Charleston, WV

304-342-6553

Hot meal at 5:30 p.m.

Heart and Hand House

4963 MacCorkle Ave SW

South Charleston, WV

304-744-6741

Good Shepherd Mission

122 Church St.

East Bank, WV 25067

EnAct

12404 MacCorkle Ave.

Chesapeake, WV

304-949-6077

Pantry open 7-4 p.m. (closed noon – 1 p.m.)

Proof of income required

Nitro Community Center

Pantry

304-881-2015

Davis Creek Nazarene Church

(Bread of Life Ministry – Pantry)

102 Nazarene Drive

South Charleston, WV

304-744-0863

Call for more info

Belle Ministerial Association –Pantry

320 East 8th Street

Belle, WV

304-949-3126

This charity helps working families from the Belle area from Dupont Middle School to Quincy.

First Presbyterian Church

Pantry

201 Kanawha Terrace

Saint Albans, WV

304-932-9406

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