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Local Food Banks Hitting Critically Low Levels
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on November 09, 2012 @ 7:44PM
Created on November 09, 2012 @ 5:44PM
 
When Hurricane Sandy hit our area, volunteers at many local food banks didn't think twice when they gave all their supplies to local warming shelters.
 
But now, they need help. With so many people without power, the need is greater than ever.
 
The good news is, some people are working to make sure everyone has a meal on their table.
 
"This is a need that crosses boundaries. It's about being part of the greater community, and showing compassion to our neighbors who have a need at this point in time," said Angela Wilson, principal of the Randolph County Alternative Learning Center and organizer of the food drive.

The food drive has been going on for a few days now, and volunteers said the response has been amazing.
 
They've had folks from all over the area donating anything they could.
 
"I think the fact that a lot of people not having power, even if it was only for a couple of days, it kind of hit home of what other people are going through, some people 10 to 12 days without power. They can't cook, they've lost everything in their freezer or refrigerator, and they may not have the resources to replenish that, so this is just a little way the community can help to give back," said Amy Schumacher, member of the Elkins Rotary Club.
 
Not only are those around here helping out, one woman drove all the way from Moundsville with whatever she could collect, just to help.
 
"She started collecting and she got her car loaded up, and she had also received cash donations, and she brought her car full and dropped it off here last night at K-Mart and filled four carts top and bottom and brought a cash donation as well," said Wilson.

With two days left in the food drive, organizers hope it only gets bigger.
 
"It's very important. Even if you can only give a couple of dollars, a couple of things of peanut butter, oatmeal, whatever you can give," said Schumacher.
 
If you haven't gotten out to donate, there's still time. The drive will run until Sunday.
 
You can drop off non-perishable items or personal hygiene products at the following locations:
 
K-Mart
 
Wal-Mart
 
Big Lots
 
Erickson Service Station
 
Shop'n'Save Express
 
All locations are in Elkins.

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