Catholic Charities West Virginia’s Mobile Outreach and WellnessWorks Food Pantry to be in Smithville

PARKERSBURG—Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa) will have a food distribution at the Smithville Community Building in Smithfield Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. The WellnessWorks food pantry is part of the Mobile Outreach program and it will deliver a variety of canned, boxed and fresh food to the Smithville area. Families who live in Ritchie County and who meet the federal poverty qualifications for assistance may participate in the food distribution. CCWVa’s WellnessWorks food pantry program promotes healthy nutrition through education, direct service and advocacy and is a new approach to addressing the health and nutritional needs of individuals seeking food assistance.

Families and individuals must be at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to receive assistance. Households receiving SNAP benefits from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources are also eligible. Clients must bring proof of identification as well as proof of monthly income for the entire household.

In remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Karen Matthews, Lifebridge AmeriCorps worker assigned to the mobile food pantry, will lead a tree planting ceremony and brief program at 12:15 p.m. at the far end of the Smithville Community Building parking lot. A fruit tree will be planted also as a reminder of the importance of good nutrition as it promotes wellness.

Contact Deborah Shaffer, regional director, at (304) 424-3457, ext. 130, for more information or to preregister if you have not previously participated.