Community steps up to feed students during teacher walkout

WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - Local school districts say the community stepped up to make sure no students were hungry during the statewide teacher work stoppage.

Hollie Best, the Wood County Schools food service director, says the district donated an array of things including fresh produce and milk to local missions and churches. They ultimately donated $2,261.48 to local organizations. She says the district experienced a minimal food loss.

The Broadway Church of the Nazarene in Parkersburg received some of the donated food. Andy Bird, the youth and worship pastor at the church, says they partnered with Fairplains Elementary School, Lubeck Elementary School, and Gihon Elementary School. The church gave out milk and delivered meals to students from those schools.

"It wasn't anything major. We just took the things that they had at the school and made sure they got to children who needed lunches and milk," Bird said.

Bird says there were teachers who also helped out preparing meals and making donations themselves.

"Folks just stepped up and teachers and retired people and folks from our church that just said listen let's feed some kids and it was a great thing to see people in the community regardless of their political background regardless of their religious background to come together and feed children."

Kristi Venderlic, the Pleasants County Schools child nutrition director, said there was a minimal food loss during the work stoppage. Teachers and volunteers prepared food and delivered them to students in the county.

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