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Governor Steps In To Help Food Pantries Being Stretched Thin
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Jul. 3, 2012 10:14 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 3, 2012 10:24 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Right now, the issue many are dealing with, on top of not having power, is not having food.
Most of us know someone who had to throw away hundreds of dollars in spoiled food, or perhaps that was your family.
That's why Eyewitness News is teaming up with the Union Mission to fill the big green truck in our parking lot at 1301 Piedmont Road in Charleston.
We're collecting bottled water and non-perishable food items.
On Tuesday, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was also stepping in, hosting his own food drive to help those in need.
Vandy Justice runs the food pantry at the Salvation Army on Charleston's west side. She's seen first hand how Friday's storm has wiped out so many family's food supply.
"Definitely need help helping them because as you can tell, it's a little bare in here and canned foods only go so far," says Justice.
That's just one of the food pantries across the state that are feeling the effects, as so many are trying to re-stock their shelves.
"It's just good to watch West Virginians helping West Virginians," says Tomblin.
Realizing the widespread need for food, Tomblin stepped in Tuesday evening and held a food drive on the steps of the capitol.
"It would be a great gesture for people to come out and give food, those who can afford to. We'll give it to the two food banks in West Virginia, they'll get it out to all the communities. So people will have food in their house for the next two or three days," he said.
A call for help heard by so many as dozens of cars dropped off bottled water and non-perishable food that will benefit the Mountaineer Food Bank and Huntington Area Food Bank.
"I wanted to help out because this is something that has devastated the state. I love West Virginia and the people needed it," said Danny Beasley Baker, who brought food to the drive.
"There's nothing than can make you feel any better than to hand somebody food that has no other place to turn," explained Mountain Mission Executive Director John Roberts.
Donations that are critical in the coming days, as people regain power and try to get back to normal.
"We need to come together, we need to reach out. Help those in need because you know, it could be us tomorrow, we don't know," said Roberts.
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