Without the center, she said, "It would be harder."
To qualify for help, a client must provide proof of identity, residency and resources. A family may have income of no more than 150 percent of the federal poverty level. For example, the income for a family of four could be no more than $2,794 a month.
The ministry is funded by donations and grants. A $5,000 "Keys 4 HealthyKids" grant made it possible to purchase a freezer so that frozen foods may be provided for families. Young families have been offered cooking classes, healthy recipes and ingredients for preparing meals at home.
Common Grounds operates out of rented space with an all-volunteer staff.
Among volunteer workers at the center are Connie Carey and Tina Tallarico, both of St. Agnes parish; Susan Vieweg and Bobbi Keller, of Morris Memorial United Methodist; and Janet Kinzer, of Village Chapel Presbyterian. Food comes from donations from the churches and the community.
"I'm the food buyer," said Albert Dery, of St. Agnes. "I look at the Sunday ads and buy at the best prices possible."
Common Grounds also gets supplies from Mountaineer Food Bank when available.
While the center reaches out to the community, it also brings people together.
"It brings continuity to the three churches," Dery said. "I've met people I would not have met if not for this place."
Garnet McKinley, of St. Agnes, said, "It's been a blessing for all of us."
Common Grounds is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To make a donation, offer volunteer services or to receive more information about receiving assistance, call 304-720-9690.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.