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Morgantown, county officials helping feed kids during closures

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In Morgantown, Pantry Plus More, the Monongalia County Commission and Monongalia County Schools are making sure students get school lunches and toiletries during the COVID-19 suspension.

Vice President of Pantry Plus and More, Micah Weglinski said as soon as the closure was announced all parties came together to make sure students have access to the 12 pantries located in school buildings.

“With Governor Justice closing schools for an indefinite amount of time we’re trying to make sure the students who use those pantries on a daily basis are still able to access those products and services,” Weglinski said.

Weglinski said the team is working to start distribution immediately.

“What we’re doing now is packing boxes with food and some hygiene items and we’re going to get those out to schools the best way we can,” Weglinski said.

Weglinski said Monongalia County Schools will lunches in schools on Monday, Tuesday they have additional plans to reach more students.

“They are going to have hot lunches, just like they would in schools for that day, “Weglinski said. “Bus drivers will drive the routes and deliver the food that way.”

Weglinski can answer questions or arrange donations at the Facebook page Pantry Plus More or the website pantryplusmore.org.

“The one we do the best with is money because we are an agency of the Mountaineer Food Bank,”Weglinski said. “A lot of times we can get items much cheaper than people can spend retail.”

Bartini Prime, Crab Shack Carriba, Tropics, Mountain State Brewing Company, Debveatz Scorers Sports Pub and the Frosted Mug all have individual promotions and offers for families and students during the school closure.

Marion County Schools will offer to prepare lunches for students 18-years-old and under at East Park Elementary, West Fairmont Middle School and North Marion High School from 11 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

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