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Morgantown to Get New Statue and Food Pantry
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on March 16, 2013 @ 10:50PM
Created on March 16, 2013 @ 10:28PM

A bazaar and bake sale was held at The First Christian Church in Morgantown Saturday, in hopes of bringing some attention to a local food pantry and also, a new statue for the town.

If you haven't heard, WVU's Food Rack provides food to any student who needs it. The bank is stocked weekly and includes canned and boxed foods. Because it's dependent on donations, bake sales like this one play a major role in it's operations and understanding what food insecurities are.

One of the organizers, Darien Bloom, said, "Food insecurity is, not that you're hungry, but that there's not a variety of things to eat, or you're eating only out of boxes. So, we need to be a bit more sensitive to what it means to be hungry in this country and what it means to be food insecure."

Student's can obtain perishable items at Gaskin's House, 709 North High Street on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3p.m- 5p.m.

Another vendor at the bazaar was there to support the effort to erect a statue of Morgantown's founder Colonel Zackquill Morgan.

Organizers have been trying to get the statue for about two years now. Officials with the Statue Fund said they've raised about $25,000 and are getting closer to their $45,000 dollar goal.

Officials say they're doing this to bring more history to Morgantown.

Brenda Shinkodich said, "It's very important to the city of Morgantown. There's not enough Morgan in Morgantown. He was the founder and a Colonel, and he deserves this honor for all the hardship that he and his family had coming into this area."

The statue should be ready by next April and would stand in front of  The Morgantown Safety Center.

The next fundraising event for the statue will be at the Morgantown Brewing Company on April 6th.  Tickets for that will be $20.  City leaders are expected to be there.

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