Preparation under way to provide students enough meals during planned teacher walkout
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (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.
1105 Quarrier St.
Charleston, WV 25301
Breakfast – 8-9 a.m.
Lunch 11:30-1 p.m.
Dunbar-Institute Samaritan Center
12421 Page Blvd.
Dunbar, WV 25064
Rand Community Center
5701 Church Drive
Rand, WV 25306
10209 Lemmon Drive Rd.
Rand, WV 25302
Charleston Family Resource Center
1410 4th Ave.
Open 8-6 on 2/23 & 2/24 for all students who attend MCSWE, Grandview or Edgewood
CFRC East End
502 Ruffner Ave.
Call for child care, drop-in information on 2/23 & 2/24.
Church of the Nazarene
733 Big Coal Fork Drive
Charleston, WV 25306
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
Open 10:00-1:00 on Thursday & Friday
Mt. Juliet UMC
417 E 4th Street
For more info contact Rev. Darick Biondi, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
520 Kanawha Blvd
5:30-8:00 PM on Wednesday, food bags available for pickup
10:00-2:00 on Thursday
Grace Bible Church
600 Kanawha Blvd.
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.
6 p.m. dinner Thursday, 2/22
6600 MacCorkle Ave.
Kanawha City, WV
Methodist Church in Clendenin
119 Koontz Ave
Emergency pantry open 2-6 p.m.
1 Timberdale Dr.
Union Mission (Pantry)
700 South Park Road
Charleston, WV 25304
Covenant House (Pantry)
16 Leon Sullivan Way
Open 9 a.m. – noon
731 Bigley Ave
Hot meal at 5:30 p.m.
Heart and Hand House
4963 MacCorkle Ave SW
South Charleston, WV
Good Shepherd Mission
122 Church St.
East Bank, WV 25067
12404 MacCorkle Ave.
Pantry open 7-4 p.m. (closed noon – 1 p.m.)
Proof of income required
Nitro Community Center
Davis Creek Nazarene Church
(Bread of Life Ministry – Pantry)
102 Nazarene Drive
South Charleston, WV
Call for more info
Belle Ministerial Association –Pantry
320 East 8th Street
This charity helps working families from the Belle area from Dupont Middle School to Quincy.
First Presbyterian Church
201 Kanawha Terrace
Saint Albans, WV