The St. Albans Community Food Pantry's supply is dwindling, and organizers are asking the public for help replenishing its stock.
The St. Albans Community Food Pantry makes up St. Mark's Jubilee Center along with Christ's Kitchen and the Emergency Assistance Fund program. In April, the center participated in the Stamp Out Hunger Campaign, hosted by the U.S. Postal Service, where it received donations to the pantry.
But after months of supplying groceries to those in need, the pantry is once again seeking donations to avoid cutting service to its clients.
The pantry is requesting the following: crackers, margarine, dish soap, shampoo, sugar, self-rising flour, macaroni and cheese, rice, peanut butter, pancake mix, cereal, oatmeal, and any/all non-perishables and canned goods.
Rebecca Rickaby, the pantry volunteer coordinator, said the pantry has been around for several years and serves more than 100 families a month from the St. Albans, Tornado and Jefferson areas.
Those who are in need can call the reservation desk between 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at 304-932-9406 to be able to receive groceries once a month. Grocery pickup is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Residents can also call the reservation desk to receive a Christmas basket.
Those in need can also walk in during the week. Rickaby said residents are also welcome to Christ's Kitchen, which will provide a hot breakfast or lunch.
Donors can drop off food items from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday and on Saturday at St. Mark's Jubilee Center, located at 405 B Street in St. Albans.
Donors can enter Christ's Kitchen where a staff member will assist them with the pantry donation drop-off.
Additionally, donors may send a financial contribution to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 405 B St., St. Albans, WV 25177. Checks may be made payable to St. Mark's Jubilee Center Fund with SA Community Food Pantry in the memo section.