‘Battle’ to benefit Community Bread Basket

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Pupils from two Weirton schools are “battling” to do their part to help the Community Bread Basket in Weirton. The battle is between St. Joseph the Worker and St. Paul Catholic schools to see which school can donate the most poundage of food to the Community Bread Basket. The battle began Feb. 14 and continues through March 14. All grades in the school are asked to bring in as much food as possible to help feed the hungry and win the title in 2018. Representatives of St. Paul Grade School are, front, from left, Kaylee Weppler and Brooks Kraina; and back, Principal Deena Tomshack, Alaina Baker, Michael Burdine, Julia Wingett and Ben Jasko. Tara Sheperd, program administrator for the Community Bread Basket, expressed enthusiasm for the effort. “The last two years, St. Paul was the winner by a small margin,” Sheperd said. “This year, we are looking for a bigger battle and hope to collect food to fill our shelves,” she said. The Community Bread Basket is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Volunteers are needed each week at 3501 West St., Weirton, to organize the food donations, fill food requests and distribute the nonperishables to those in need. Anyone interested in volunteering can call (304) 748-7595.