The Times West Virginian

Opinion

July 17, 2014

Soup Opera in need of your support again this time of year

It’s happening again.

It usually always happens about this time each year. Sometimes it’s a little earlier and sometimes a little later.

But Soup Opera executive director Shelia Tennant knows it will come — usually in July. And she’s never that surprised about it.

The Fairmont Soup Opera is in need of food.

“Our shelves are so low right now that we don’t have enough food to give out.” That’s the way Tennant described the situation. “The Soup Opera is desperately in need of food of any kind.”

In February each year, when the Gift of Love food drive is held, people are always willing to give.  They’re eager to give. That food drive shows the wonderful spirit of cooperation that Marion Countians always seem to have.

Most food pantries have empty shelves in January and February. That’s why the Times West Virginian conducts its major food drive at that time. And people are ready to help provide food for more than a dozen pantries throughout Marion County.

Now it’s the middle of summer. And as Tennant says, “Summers are aways a little tough on us as well as other agencies. And as people go about their regular chores and responsibilities of the summer months, the food pantries sometimes are overlooked.”

But people still get hungry.

“We’re feeding so many and handing out food so much that we just can’t keep enough food on our shelves,” she says.

Tennant adds that “we would be so thankful for anything that anyone can do to help.”

So that’s the story. And we hope that Marion Countians will help as they always have before — during the Gift of Love food drive and at the other times during the year when the food supplies come up short.

“It’s hard to put into words what the help of the Marion County residents means to us,” she said.  “We are so thankful to them and to God for taking care of those less fortunate people among us.”

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