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2019 Winter Food Distribution dates set

The 2019 Winter Food Distribution Program will run each Saturday from January 12 to March 30, Elaine Harris, chair of United Food Operation (UFO), has announced. The season’s kickoff event will take place on Friday, Jan. 11.

The need for food increases during the winter heating season when higher utility bills tend to put stress on family budgets.

“There is a lot of very generous giving by churches and charities during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, and that really helps the food pantries get through the end of the year,” Harris explained, “but United Food Operation fills in the rest of the winter when other donations slow down. It’s something we’ve been doing since 1982, and we’ve found it works well and is greatly appreciated by the pantries.”

Food pantries provide an important safety net in our region that is well utilized. Food pantry leaders say they are seeing a lot of people line up at their locations each day they are open. The need for food has been steady. They offer families whatever they can, though the selection of food is often limited. UFO supplies the types of non-perishable food that the pantries need most.

Operating out of its distribution center at the Institute Industrial Park the program will help keep food on the shelves at it 12 participating food pantries in Kanawha and Putnam Counties.

Food distributions begin again in january 2019

United Food Operation will begin its next set of food distributions to area food pantries in January 2019. The exact dates of the 2019 program will be determined at the group’s annual organizational meeting on Friday, December 21.

United Food Operation (UFO) will again support a group of 12 food pantries in Kanawha and Putnam counties. UFO provides food to the pantries at no charge. 

As an all volunteer organization, working from donated warehouse space with donated equipment, UFO has almost no overhead. This allows all the money people donate to go directly to the purchase of food. UFO has been conducting its Winter Food Distribution since 1982.

2013 food distribution begins

United Food Operation, Inc. has begun its 31st annual food distribution program in Kanawha and Putnam counties. Pictured at the announcement, from left to right, are Drema Ward, of Five Loaves/Two Fish food pantry, Nitro; John Roberts, of Mountain Mission, Charleston; Elaine Harris, UFO chairperson.

United Food Operation (UFO) kicked off its 31st year of winter food distributions this morning. UFO will supply 13 independent food pantries in Kanawha and Putnam counties from January 4 through March 23.

“This year’s food distribution program is dedicated to the hard work of 13 local food pantries partnered with UFO,” said UFO Chairperson Elaine Harris. “Food pantries are the front line in fighting hunger in our communities, and that’s why UFO is dedicated to helping stock food pantries so they can continue to fight hunger in our region,” said Harris.

Harris said additional public support is needed this winter if the pantries are to be able to meet the need. People can volunteer their time or make a donation of food or funds to UFO or to a local food pantry.

“Increasing the number of workplaces participating in collections of money and food could really help our 13 local food pantries this winter,” said Harris.