UPSHUR COUNTY — During Governor Jim Justice’s June 4 press briefing, he announced the West Virginia Summer Food Service Program, a cooperative effort to help ensure kids are fed by the West Virginia National Guard, the Department of Education, Bureau of Senior Services, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and United Way.
There are currently three locations within Upshur County that will offer food distribution and four locations that offer food pick-up throughout the summer, with services, times and days of operation varying for each location.
Upshur County Schools will be shuttling meals along various bus routes every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. until August 4. This operation serves children 18 and under for breakfast and lunch in multi-day quantities. No registration or appointment is required. Call (304) 472-5480 for more information. The bus route schedule is posted on the Upshur County Schools Facebook page.
Upshur’s Parish House and Crosslines, located at 68 College Avenue, operates as a curbside pick-up service Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This location serves shelf-stable meals and perishable groceries, in 7-day packs. This location will serve seniors age 60 or older, spouses of seniors 60 or older, disabled individuals in households of seniors 60 or older, children or grandchildren living with a senior 60 or older, children 18 and under, as well as those who are experiencing homelessness. Identification is required.
The Salvation Army of Buckhannon, located at 21 North Spring Street, provides services Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This location serves shelf-stable meals and perishable groceries, in 7-day packs. This location will serve the same populations as Parish House and identification is required.
Upshur County Senior Center, located at 28 North Kanawha Street, offers meals every Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from June 1 to August 31. This location serves breakfast and lunch, in 5-day packs. The Senior Center will serve all populations and identification is not required, but participants are asked to provide names, address, phone number and date of birth for all people in the household. Appointments are required, so please call (304) 472-0528. Visit upwvsc.org for more information.
Those unable to find a location site closer are encouraged to call United Way at 2-1-1 to speak with a member who will help find the assistance needed.