Kids are going hungry during COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s how you can help.

The Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the closing of schools and nutrition programs many children in our community rely on. While the county school system provides breakfasts and lunches, the reality is that kids are still going hungry. To address this need, we have started a snack bag program for children on Charleston’s West Side.
Our snack bag program is set up to follow all federal and state social distancing guidelines and prevent person-to-person contact. Our volunteers only work in pairs, thoroughly wash hands and wear gloves at all times. While we want to continue serving the community, we are taking every step possible to promote high standards of safety for our staff, volunteers and the families picking up food.Pickups are at Randolph Street Church on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 3-4 p.m. Families are encouraged to drive up for curbside service. Children must be present to get the snack bag.

We need your help.

We have received generous donations to help fund this program, but we are in need of supplies to keep it going in the weeks and months ahead. We have distributed more than 450 snack bags and hope to continue the program as long as school is closed due to the Coronavirus.We give out about 120 bags each week, so we will need items donated as we go through supplies.

Items we are collecting include:

  • Individual drinks
  • Crackers chips
  • Cookies
  • Instant macaroni and cheese
  • Noodle cups
  • Canned pasta
  • Fruit cups
  • Granola bars
  • Pop-tarts
  • Hand sanitizer​​

Staying at home? Make a financial contribution ​instead.

We realize that not everyone can donate supplies due to the state’s stay-at-home order, so you can make a financial donation and our staff will purchase items from our list. Using our online donation portal is the easiest, fastest and safest way to give, but you can also make a check out to Hope For Appalachia and mail it to us at:Hope For Appalachia
P.O. Box 20076
Charleston, WV 25362

As we walk through these uncertain times together, we are reminded that Jesus cared for and deeply loved children. Not only did he care about spiritual needs, he met physical needs by feeding the hungry and healing the sick. We desire to imitate our savior during this crisis. We cannot forget the neediest among us or forsake our mission to care for people affected by addiction.

Join us today. We couldn’t do this without you.