CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- University of Charleston students are teaming up with Melody's Manna to help feed folks through the nonprofit mobile food pantry.
A concert is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in Geary Auditorium with 2011 Charleston Teen Idol winner Colton Pack as well as local rock band Time and Distance. Donations will be collected.
Kelsey Martin, UC senior communications major, said her public relations class has planned the fundraiser to assist Melody's Manna, an organization that feeds the homeless and helps those struggling to stretch paychecks.
"I've seen a lot of people in our area who are homeless," said Martin, who added statistics show 23 percent of low-income families in West Virginia are living below the poverty level.
Melody's Manna is managed by husband-and-wife team Robert and Debbie Mullins of Cross Lanes. The couple began the Christian food ministry about five years ago when they were living in Charlotte, N.C., and named it after their youngest daughter.
In Charlotte, they went into the streets seeking out the homeless.
"We took our truck and set up tables," Debbie said. "We would line up snacks, fruit, chips and whatever we could get."
Donations from a food bank and various businesses in that area helped with the ministry.
Four years ago, the couple moved to Cross Lanes in order to be closer to family. They have three children and five grandchildren. Robert, 55, and Debbie, 56, are Charleston natives.
Their regular business is called Can Du, based on the scripture from Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." They are general contractors who do everything from roofing and decks to flooring and kitchens.
"We've been in business 34 years, since we were married," Debbie said. "We are licensed and insured."
Volunteerism is also an important part of their lives.
"We love the Lord," Debbie said. "We just like to feed people. I like gathering stuff and passing it on."