By Bobby Bordelon\r\n\r\nFellow Greenbrier Countians out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic have brought the community together with a canned food drive, stocking the much-needed food banks. From June 1 to Friday, June 26, food and produce can be donated to this cause at Rainelle Medical Center, Old Stone Presbyterian, IGA Cornerstone, all City National branches, and Ronceverte Presbyterian Church.\r\n\r\nThe ongoing drive is currently supporting approximately 360 families, some of which have six or seven members, across five Greenbrier County food banks. Many of these families are using the food banks for the first time, having lost their job or income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_49425" align="alignleft" width="351"]<img class=" wp-image-49425" src="https:\/\/mountainmessenger.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2020\/06\/IMG_0796-300x225.jpg" alt="" width="351" height="263" \/> Old Stone Presbyterian Church is one of several food pantries in the county.[\/caption]\r\n\r\n\u201cYou see how they're just spent. That's the only way to say it, they just look spent,\u201d said Jennifer Mason of Feeding Seniors, Saving Businesses. \u201cThey don't know what to do and it's hard for them because they've never had to accept help. These are hard working people and they just need our help.\u201d\r\n\r\nDonations of vegetables, soups, and beans have poured in and although the items are still welcome, Mason asked donors to bring two specific types of food; protein (canned meat beans, peanut butter) or canned fruit.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhat I really need are chicken and beef, those kind of canned foods would be great,\u201d Mason said. \u201cThey needed to stock fruit. So those are the two big things right now that we need.\u201d\r\n\r\nIf an individual is unable to donate food, financial donations will also be accepted. These gifts will supplement the protein and fruit supplies. In addition, Mason explained \u201cthe donations are also welcome because some of the families have babies and we don't get a lot of baby\u201d supplies and food.\r\n\r\nThe collected food and resources will spread through Greenbrier County, serving food banks in Alderson, Lewisburg, Rainelle, Ronceverte, and White Sulphur Springs. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, several of these food banks had to shut down due to the age of the volunteers running them. However, as part of drive, deliveries have become a crucial part of food distribution, particularly on the western side of the county.\r\n\r\nFor the many people that began individual gardens during the quarantine that might now have a food surplus, there's good news \u2013 this produce can be donated as well! Food banks are searching for fresh fruits and the locally grown food could be put to good use. This includes one commonly grown fruit that is usually mistaken for a vegetable and is easy to grow.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_49426" align="alignright" width="300"]<img class="size-medium wp-image-49426" src="https:\/\/mountainmessenger.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2020\/06\/IMG_0780-1-300x225.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" \/> Freshly grown produce from individual gardens is also accepted.[\/caption]\r\n\r\n\u201cSince my sister is an FFA person, she would tell me [tomatoes are] a fruit, so I would definitely classify them as a fruit. She would kill me if I didn't,\u201d Mason explained, laughing. \u201cSo Thursday I amass as much produce as I can. I just put it in bags and we have drivers go and deliver it to all of those people.\u201d\r\n\r\nMason asked for the Greenbrier Valley community to do what they can to help those in need.\r\n\r\n\u201cI know our community, especially Alderson, has been hit with these floods so recently and I hate to ask people to do any more, but even if every family just gave one can we'd be better off,\u201d Mason said. \u201cI don't want to ask people for too much but if they could just help us with one can that would be great.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor those looking for help, please contact the following food bank or support site near you:\r\n<p style="text-align: left">\u2022 Lewisburg \u2013 304-645-7842 \u2013 Old Stone Presbyterian Church<\/p>\r\n\u2022 Alderson Area Help Line \u2013 304-445-8783\r\n\r\n\u2022 Renick - 304-407-3515\r\n\r\n\u2022 Rainelle \u2013 304-438-6293 \u2013 Rainelle Baptist Church\r\n\r\n\u2022 Ronceverte \u2013 304-647-5482 \u2013 Old Armory building\r\n\r\n\u2022 Quinwood \u2013 304-438-6060 \u2013 Main Street, at the three-way intersection\r\n\r\n\u2022 Williamsburg \u2013 304-692-5537 \u2013 Williamsburg Community Center\r\n\r\n\u2022 White Sulphur Springs \u2013 304-536-1353 \u2013 White Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church\r\n\r\n\u2022 White Sulphur Springs \u2013 302-661-1960 \u2013 White Sulphur Springs Pentacostal Holiness Church\r\n\r\n\u2022 Rupert \u2013 Contact Well Spring of Greenbrier \u2013 304-392-2095 \u2013 provides lunch three days a week.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Committee on Aging \u2013 304-645-1978 \u2013 provides meals each weekday as grab and go at Committee on Aging locations in Fairlea and Rainelle, will also deliver via Meals on Wheels.\r\n\r\nAny additional questions can be directed to Mason by reaching her at email@example.com. Although the direct food donations willpreliminarily end on Friday, financial donations can be made to the Bimbo Coles & Co. Project at 1194 Barkalin Lane, Lewisburg WV, 24901 or arranged through Mason's email.