BELLE, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Students at Riverside High School said they are thankful for community support for the school's food pantry.
"It’s exciting and pretty cool to see people want to help one another," senior Jenna Downey said.
Just before Thanksgiving, the food pantry served more than 90 families and its shelves sat empty. The students feared they wouldn't have enough food to serve families for Christmas.
After an Eyewitness News story aired the community stepped up, the food shelves are stocked and ready for tomorrow's monthly distribution.
Organizers say they received a $5,000 donation from the Kanawha County commission, a $1,000 donation from Ball Toyota and numerous food donations from community members and Edgewood Elementary School.
"It restores your faith in humanity,” Riverside teacher Jessica Workman said. “I knew people would want to help each other."
Workman said they don't know how many families will need a food box, but expect more than 100.
"We have a lot but by tomorrow a bunch will be gone, hopefully we will have enough to restock," senior Kaylee Hudnell said.
The food pantry opens tomorrow at 9 a.m. and runs until noon, and if you would like to make a donation, you can drop it off during school hours.