PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP) - Local stores aren't the only places people flock to during the holidays, food pantries stay pretty busy as well.
Those at the Old Man Rivers Mission in South Parkersburg say they're in need of donations year-round, but that need really peaks throughout the holidays. They always accept non-perishable food, even a few different items like eyeglasses or backpacks to help with other programs they have. However, foods like canned fruits and vegetables, mac and cheese, and meats are what's especially needed right now.
"Our biggest thing is our food pantry. It increases quite a bit through the holidays. We're averaging about 600 families a month through our food pantry, so it takes a tremendous amount of food to keep that many people going. We just want to thank this community because they've been so good to us. Every time we've had a need they've always stepped up," says Jeanette Pursley, a volunteer at the Mission.
Old Man Rivers Food Pantry is open from Noon to 4 P.M. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.
Some other Mid-Ohio Valley food pantries include the Gospel Mission Food Pantry, Marietta's First Congregational United Church of Christ, the Wood County Senior Citizens Association, the Salvation Army, the Children's Home Society of West Virginia, Community Resources, and St. Paul's United Methodist Church.