The Hur Herald fund-raising drive raised over $2,300 for Calhoun's Food Pantry, located at Grantsville's First Baptist Church, sponsored by Calhoun Chaplains Association.

Long-time pantry volunteer Pete Trippett, who has managed the operation since 1992, said, "There has been a great out-pouring of food and money," to the operation.

The pantry is supported by over 20 county churches and groups.

"The entire Calhoun Food Pantry operation depends on community support, and we're grateful to those who give us a boost," Trippett said.

The number of families and individuals the pantry serves is ever increasing.

A recent survey released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that West Virginia has seen some of the greatest increase in food insecurity in the past three years. The USDA report indicates more families are skipping meals, cutting portion sizes, and not eating balanced meals.

"We don't put a bunch of strings or requirements on who gets the food," Trippett said.

You can still help the pantry by making a check to First Baptist Church, be sure to note FOOD PANTRY on the check, and mail it to First Baptist Church, PO Box 237, Grantsville WV 26147.

For questions, to donate food items, or requests for food, call Pete Trippett at 304-354-7966.

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