GASSAWAY, W.Va. — Mountaineer Food Bank expects to distribute more than 10 million pounds of food throughout West Virginia this year.

“It’s still a struggle just because the need keeps going up,” said Chad Morrison, the food bank’s director of development. “We’ve got donors that are backing us up, but even with that growth in donations it’s still not enough to meet the food insecurity needs here in West Virginia.”

Mountaineer Food Bank, based in Gassaway, serves the majority of West Virginia counties. Morrison said the numbers of needy residents are growing even among working families.

“There are people that have jobs, work full-time, but they’re just not making enough to buy the nutritious foods or to make it through the whole month. That’s the biggest thing, there’s a gap,” Morrison said. “They may be able to make it the first week on their paycheck, but then they pay their bills and that last week before they are paid they don’t have enough. So they visit a food pantry.”

The agency lists various ways to assist at its website or by calling (304) 364-5518.

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  • Rico

    Young people do not know how to do without. They are "entitled" to have better phones, better cars, better TV's than a hard working middle class man. They have expensive shoes, expensive clothes, expensive fingernails, expensive hairstyles, and hundreds of dollars worth of tattoos. The young women do not know how to shop or cook in a way that makes the best use of every dollar. When they talk of eating at home or cooking at home, they mean that they are going to heat up expensive, packaged, prepared food from a box. They could buy real food and get twice the food for the same dollar spent. The government, which is giving our hard earned money to them, allows them to waste, waste, waste. There is no accountability for either the takers or the distributers. Only we, the makers, are made to "follow the rules".

    • Jason412

      Yes, because young people do not contribute to the economy in any way what so ever. It's only the middle-aged and elderly which are so kind as to support young people like myself. Rico, I really appreciate all you do so that the government gives me the privilege of working for a private company 50+ hours a week.

      I thank you and the government for allowing me to keep the money from my paycheck, which I don't earn by working it is simply a gift from others, so as I can buy Hungry Man's and tattoo's.

      Some times I take my food stamp card, which was weirdly issued by my bank and the funds only increase when I make a deposit at said bank with the money I didn't earn, and just waste, waste, waste. I also use it to finance my brand new Bentley and helicopter.

      Obviously everything above is a joke, and I see you clarified your statement in your other post, but the point stands it gets old to have your whole generation classified as lazy and entitled. I know as many, if not more, middle-aged lazy, entitled, leeches of society as I do people my age.

      I can say with 100% certainty I know far more middle-aged people who receive government benefits than I do people in my age group. I also know far more middle-aged people who decided to have kids they knew they couldn't afford to raise that are now supported by the government.

      Food banks are a necessity not because people are lazy, but because wages are so stagnant. People that actually work shouldn't have to ask for a handout, but that's not the reality of our current economy. Food stamps provide a single person a maximum of $189 a month, or at 3 meals a day, $2.10 per meal. For those with a part-time minimum wage job, they receive less than 20$ a month. That's where food banks step in and provide a much needed service, especially in a state like WV.

      Just an opinion from a different perspective.

  • Bill

    I don't understand why people want me to give up my new truck, atv, big screen tv, cell phone, and get a job just to get all this free stuff.

  • jethro

    There is cigarettes and beer to buy.after that marijuana is not as cheap as it used to be. Then you gotta buy your oxys! No wonder there isn't much money left to buy food!

  • Larry

    Isn't WV one of the fattest states in the nation?

  • Mountain Navy

    To bad we cannot get the high paying jobs in West Virginia.

  • Raging Moderate

    In no way should we throw out the baby with the bathwater. Our church's missions board contributes to the MFB as well. The low overhead charities are a conservative alternative to government financial assistance. My only point there is that charities alone can't meet the need.

    I hate to give freeloaders anything, too, but its never going to he a perfect system. My point about full-time workers was that full time is different than part time or laid off or disabled; you can afford to eat.


    if you know a family that is struggling donate to them personally and eliminate the middle man. I know of too many folks that won't work but that are first in line at all the handout places. I don't mind helping anyone that truly needs it and is trying by either working or did work but is now retired. I refuse however to help those that won't try but instead keep asking for more and more. They always seem to find money for beer, cigarettes, and tattoos

    • hillbilly

      Oh, And I personally know of one family with three kids who get free food at the food pantries, free school food, free clothing at places, will not buy any supplies for their kids, but rather spent almost $400 for a hunting dog. Shameless...

    • hillbilly

      And they usually have a couple ATV's around too..

  • The bookman

    I would only chime this. I know of children who receive the backpack program, free lunch and breakfast at school, and their parents aren't gaming the system, on drugs, or sleeping in. They work and they are engaged in the lives of their children. This is what is required of all of those who have means. Give willingly to organizations like Mountaineer Food Bank, or local food pantries.

    Sure, people who are undeserving will take advantage of the handout. But those who are truly in need, people who are trying to make it work, children who are truly hungry also benefit. Isn't that the mission. Isn't the conservative philosophy to allow the private sector to take the lead. This is a private sector response. A charitable donation to a food pantry is a worthy effort, even if the benefit falls to someone who doesn't deserve the help. Chances are, the can of food will end up in the mouth of a child in need.

    Don't let the frustration of helping the undeserving get between you and the important work of doing your very best for those in need.

    • Jason412


      People on metronews don't care if it's the government or a private entity supplying it, they have convinced themselves any one who can't make ends-meet is a lazy, entitled, junky. And if they have kids, they are also bad parents.

      It doesn't matter that the MFB is mostly (from what I can see in a brief glance) funded through private foundations and private donations, to the average metronews poster MFB might as well be stealing the money straight from their wallet.

    • SAF

      Well said!

  • vhagg

    Many of the people who received the food from MFB are also the working poor. I have worked in a local foodbank for a group of churches. Everyone should work in one to have a better understanding of the ones who are receiving the food. Many of them are the elderly, ones who have faced hardships lilke terminal illness and there are some who are not just able to be employed. Also, there are the ones who just want the handouts. But overall they do a good job of helping the people.

  • george

    The welfare State: the Dems have done a good job---(sarcasm intended)......

    • Tracyo64

      ACORNs anyone?

  • Raging Moderate

    Do the people who run MFB really "rake in the cash?" I don't have the figures but somehow I doubt it.

    As a separate issue, I find it hard to believe that anybody working full time cannot buy enough food, pay for housing and BASIC transportation and bills.

    • Jason412

      Raging Moderate,

      "As a separate issue, I find it hard to believe that anybody working full time cannot buy enough food, pay for housing and BASIC transportation and bills."

      Really? Ok, let's take a look at that.

      $7.25/hour at 40 hours/week = $290/week. After taxes around $230.

      So 920/month in income.
      I'll be conservative in my estimates of expenses.

      Rent = $400/month
      Utilities = $150/month
      Car Insurance = $75/month
      Gas = $25/week, 100/month
      Household goods (soap, toothpaste etc.) = $25/month
      Phone for emergencies = $25/month

      I did not include health insurance, as I'm not sure if a full-time minimum wage employee would be eligible under the medicaid expansion or not.

      Monthly Total = $775
      Leftover for food monthly = $145
      $145 over 30 days is $4.83 per day, or $1.61 per meal. Keep in mind someone working 40 hours would be ineligible for food stamps. This is also assuming the person has no debt, such as student loans, medical bills, or anything else.

      Now what happens to that person that has $145/month to eat when their car breaks down and will cost $300 to fix and it's their only ride to work? What happens when they have a health emergency and absolutely have to get it checked out and get stuck with a bill for a few thousand, or a few hundred? What happens when their lease on their apartment is up and they have to move which will cost hundreds? What happens in the winter when heating skyrockets their utilities bill? It doesn't take much imagination to see they would be working 40 hours a week, and unable to afford any food. And let's remember my example is for a person who has no kids. With even 1 kid, you would be going in to debt every month.

      I find it hard to believe someone working full-time minimum wage can buy enough food to last even 2 weeks, certainly not a month. I personally can't imagine only having a maximum of $1.60 to make a meal, but I empathize with those that do. As inflation continues, and wages stay the same, it will only get worse. Sadly, working a full-time job no longer guarantees you can afford the necessities of life.

    • Joe

      I suggest you go to their website a and review the annual report. Labor costs and bonuses are not broken out but instead buried within the expense lines for management and infrastructure.

      Also, they have quite a sprawling office space and distribution center from the pictures on the site.

      Yes, they are raking in the cash.

  • joke

    Oh goodness. These same people who can't eat have an atv cellphone and a new pickup. How about we get rid of the some of the other things and prioritize what's really important

    • Tracyo64

      DHHR would probably charge you with child cruellty if you sold the X-Box to buy food. It goes against the entitlement system. Especially since 2008.

  • sue

    West Virginia's low income elderly population is at the greatest risk of going hungry. Their food stamp benefits are very small and they don't have a way to obtain donations from a food bank or local food pantry. Unless low income families are selling their food stamps and WIC coupons, there shouldn't be any hunger in this younger population.

    • susanf1218

      And don't forget about the free breakfast and lunch program AND summer feeding programs AND backpack programs to help feed all these kids whose parents can't be bothered to actually put forth any effort to prepare meals for them. It is my understanding that some counties are now providing free meals to all students.

      People in WV and in the US as a whole don't know what real hunger and malnutrition really is. I would suggest they look at countries in Africa to see the face of hunger.

  • Fred

    There is no hunger problem in W.Va., only the perception of one perpetuated by those who make a living off the grants and tax considerations generated by operating a food giveaway business.

    • Joe

      Spot on, Fred. And I am not sure if you all are familiar who runs these businesses, but I assure you it is not the Boy Scouts. These guys are raking in the cash.

      • jim

        Fred, Joe: Food banks are run by non-profit organizations, usually church based. I hope you donate instead of denigrate.

        • Rico

          Non profits can still own vast properties and pay huge salaries. They are a big business that make some rich.

  • Fubar

    WV ranks third in the nation in obesity
    Draw your own conclusions

    • Tracyo64

      In my opinion, the largest cause of obesity is ignorance. The schools still teach the gov't food pyramid and doctors can't teach nutrition because it was not taught to them in medical school. The general population get their nutritional education from the media in the form of advertisements.
      Yes, the kid is sucking up a 32oz soda, but it's ok because it's a DIET soda. The TV told them it was ok.

    • jim

      Fubar, all the food that is distributed by the food bank I volunteer with is healthy and largely locally grown (when available).

    • Aaron

      If you go to the grocery store and shop, you will find that far too often the cheapest foods are also the most unhealthy thus one could easily that conclude that poverty is a causation of obesity, not a correlation. I do not believe that to be the case but it is in my opinion an easily made mistake.

      • Shadow

        Look at the carts at Walmart and you will see they are loaded with useless carbohydrates and pushed by someone who is obviously overweight. The worst thing is the 4 to 6 year child with a 16 oz cola. Invest in Insulin producers as they will be money makers in the future as diabetes will be rampant. Carbohydrates breed hunger.