By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian
“Having been on both sides of this, I can tell you that it’s better back here than out there,” Bob George said in a lull between clients at the Mannington Food Pantry.
He stood behind the desk where food was being packed into large crates for the hundreds of families who rely on the food pantry every month to fill in the gaps of their grocery budget.
Growing up in the Great Depression, he said, “I’ve seen people starving to death, eating out of garbage cans, so it’s really great” to be able to do this, he said.
Talk about perspective.
The Mannington Food Pantry, opened in 1986 and operated out of Ed and Sally Allen’s home, serves between 350 and 400 families in a given month, which translates into more than a thousand people.
Over the years, they’ve added to their ministries, with clothing giveaways, a soon-finished soup kitchen over by the city hall and many programs across the year.