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Rotary Club of Brooke County supports efforts to feed hungry

LENDING A HAND — Michael DiDomenico, right, treasurer of the Brooke County Rotary Club, presented a $500 donation on behalf of the group to Robert Paysen for the St. John Catholic Church food pantry. -- Warren Scott

WELLSBURG — The Rotary Club of Brooke County has lent assistance to area efforts to feed the hungry.

The group recently donated $500 for the Wellsburg food pantry operated by St. John Catholic Church while making plans to team with many other Rotary clubs in a food drive.

Robert Paysen, a retired Bethany College professor volunteering there, said the food pantry serves about 185 households each month.

Paysen said those aided include residents who are going through a temporary financial crisis, and it’s not unusual for past recipients to make a donation to express their gratitude.

Overseen by Michelle Evans, the food pantry operated at the Holy Family Catholic Mission in Beech Bottom before moving to Wellsburg in recent years.

Those wanting to aid the pantry with donations of food or money or seeking assistance may call (304) 394-5531 for information.

In related business, the club agreed to participate in a food drive involving many other Rotary clubs. Charles Bell, president of the Brooke County club, noted the effort is part of Rotary International’s Rise Against Hunger campaign to end world hunger. Clubs in the region have set a goal of packing at least 10,000 meals for the hungry.

The club also agreed to sponsor one of 22 decorative banners placed along the Wellsburg Town Square and Charles Street in a campaign led by Eric Fithyan.

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