Parish House to distribute Easter food boxes


BUCKHANNON — The Upshur Cooperative Parish House (UCPH) is planning to distribute Easter food boxes after having over 450 families participate last year. 2021 marked the first year that the Parish House handed out the Easter food boxes. Before then, the UCPH only handed out Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes.

“Easter boxes will include ham, canned vegetables, mac and cheese, granola bars, potatoes (instant mashed or boxed scalloped) and dessert,” said Executive Director Kristi Wilkerson. Wilkerson explained that the dessert could possibly be a boxed cake mix and frosting, pie shell and filling or brownie mix. Distribution will begin on April 9 and will last through April 14.

The Parish House will be closed April 15 in observance of Good Friday. Wilkerson says, “Saturday April 9, we will be offering curbside service.” Monday through Friday, curbside services will not be available and it is recommended that only one person per family enters the building to pick up items, as the Parish House is following CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Among the benefit of Easter food boxes, UCPH partners with Mountaineer Food Bank to provide seniors, who are 60 or older and meet income guidelines, with food boxes. Seniors can call (304) 472-0743 and speak to Kathy to learn more and complete an application. There is a limited supply of these boxes but seniors can be placed on a waiting list. In addition to this service, The Clothes Closet provides gently used clothing and housewares which are donated by the community. Crosslines is a financial aid program that assists with rent and utilities. The Clothes Closet also partners with the local school system, as well to provide “Comfort Closets” to students in need.

“Our clients are our neighbors and we love helping our neighbors,” said Wilkerson. “We are very appreciative of how supportive our community is. We could not do what we do without their generosity.”

Wilkerson hopes to have expanded hours in the future, as well as to resume meals that were on Monday, Wednesday and Friday prior to COVID-19. The Parish House, Crosslines and The Clothes Closet are following CDC guidelines and masks are required. They are also accepting donations. The Clothes Closet accepts only gently used clothing and housewares. People are asked to place on the back porch in the mornings.

In addition to clothing and housewares, the cooperative will accept donated food and hygiene items and need grape jelly, canned beans and vegetables, shampoo and deodorant. Monetary donations are also accepted. Cash and check are accepted and if you’d like to donate with a card you can go to Upshur Cooperative Parish House and/or The Clothes Closet and donate via Facebook. There are no processing fees and the organization will receive the full amount of you donation.

“Our Easter boxes also allow us to share our faith with our neighbors as we are a faith- based organization. Our Easter boxes will also include an Easter Prayer card,” said Wilkerson. “We are planning to have 500 of our Easter boxes available to our neighbors.”

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