The Lewisburg-Fairlea Food Locker invites the community to a fundraiser at the Irish Pub in Lewisburg on Sunday, Mar. 5, from 3-7 p.m.
This will be a fun event with music and a silent auction. The music will be provided by Patrick O’Flaherty, Jim Morgan, Dan Freeman Jeanne Hoffman and Jim Snyder. Admission is a financial contribution or food donation of non-perishable items such as canned fruit, pasta, canned meats, soups, juices and cereals to name a few. All donations are appreciated.
The Lewisburg Fairlea Food Locker is located at the Old Stone Church and serves residents of the Lewisburg area, including Caldwell and Fairlea. Most recipients are seniors, disabled or folks living on fixed incomes or families with children who meet the financial guidelines. Every month, volunteers from the participating churches distribute food to approximately 150 residents of Lewisburg Manor, Tabor Towers and Morgan Manor. On the same day, about 60 families or individuals come to the church fellowship hall to pick up food, receiving one, two or three bags of groceries depending on family size. In 2016, 3,003 bags of food were distributed to 3,211 people in 2,471 families. The numbers served by the food locker continue to increase.
The food locker obtains food from the Mountaineer Food Bank in Gassaway, which is provided at no cost by the USDA.
In addition, a variety of frozen meat donated by firms such as Wal-Mart and Kroger, frozen before the must-sell date, is purchased. Food to supplement that received by the food bank is purchased from Cornerstone IGA. Food donated by groups, individuals, businesses and local churches is also added to the bags.
The Food Locker relies on the support of participating churches, but the assistance and generosity of the community members and groups is also vital. Together we can assure that no one in our area will suffer from a lack of food, and organizers hope to see everyone on Sunday, Mar. 5, at the Irish Pub.