By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian
Being in need doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have options.
At Our Father’s Breadbasket, based out of New Life Ministries Church on Manley Chapel Road in White Hall, clients are given the opportunity to pick the foods they want to take home with them, a goal the Times West Virginian is supporting with its annual Gift of Love food drive.
“The more we have, the more we can share,” said director Sheila Chipps.
Our Father’s Breadbasket is a food pantry maintained by New Life, Everson Baptist Church, Boothsville Methodist Church, Eldora Methodist Church and a number of individuals who aren’t necessarily representing a church or organization.
Like most of the food pantries in Marion County, it follows USDA guidelines to determine eligibility for receiving food.
“A lot of it is from the government,” Chipps said, specifically through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
And again like most pantries, it receives food from the Mountaineer Food Bank in Gassaway, which has its own requirements for receiving agencies. The Mountaineer Food Bank distributes food from Walmart and other major grocery stores that has passed its sell-by date, but is still safe for consumption.
What’s different is how that food goes out.
“If there are only one or two people in the home, then they go through and they choose which vegetables, which fruit, which proteins,” Chipps said.
It’s like shopping, which can erase some of the stigma from visiting a food pantry.
“Whatever we have, we’re willing to share,” she said.
There’s flexibility for everyone else, too.