Coronavirus Update: W.Va. Department of Education working with counties to open 500 meal sites for students during school closures

March 16, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Education has issued the following media advisory:

The WVDE Office of Child Nutrition has worked with all 55 counties to open sites to feed children this week. Starting today, Monday, March 16, more than 500 sites around the state will begin operations to ensure children who require school breakfasts and lunches will receive meals during the statewide school closure caused by the Coronavirus (COVID19) threat.

Plans range from feeding sites to school buses delivering meals to bus stops and other locations. For the most up to date information, please visit or

WHEN:          Monday, March 16, 2020

WHERE:        Variety of County Sites Statewide

WHAT:           Quick Response Ensures Children Will Receive Meals

CONTACT:   Christy Day, West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications, (304) 558-2699 or

Last week, WVDE received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture allowing counties flexibility to feed students in non-congregant settings during unanticipated school closures. Upon Governor Jim Justice’s announcement on Friday, March 13, 2020, to close all pre-k–12 schools to reduce the potential impact of the disease, the WVDE began the process of getting plans finalized and sites approved so that meal distribution can begin Monday. Both Governor Justice and Superintendent W. Clayton Burch have said child nutrition is a top priority during the closure.

The amount of work that was done over a 48-hour period usually requires months of planning. However, Superintendent Burch, his leadership team and the Office of Child Nutrition worked throughout the weekend with counties to prepare for distribution on Monday.

To date, West Virginia is the only state in the country with no confirmed cases of COVID19. An information hotline for COVID-19 has been established and operators are available 24/7, toll-free at 1-800-887-4304.



From: Green, Melisa J <>


Subject: Food Pantry


Hi All,


I know there are families affected by COVID-19  that typically do not qualify for State assisted help (SNAPS/Food Stamps etc.) they are either out of work or have reduced hours.  Some of these people that are  out of work are devastated.  They may be able to return to work they don’t know, but for right now, it’s hard for families having to choose between eating and making mortgages or car payments, etc.   So here are a list of pantries



Mountaineer Food Bank in Gassaway, WV., is the largest in the State and distributes to a lot of others great and small pantries throughout the state, this is their website which addresses the COVID-19 issue.


Christian Community Cupboard
2843 Putnam Av., Hurricane, WV 25526
(Behind Burdette Methodist Church)
Serving Putnam County, on south side of the Kanawha River
Phone: 304-562-9373
Hours: Tuesday & Friday and 3rd Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon


Covenant House
600 Shrewsberry St., Charleston, WV 25301
Serving City of Charleston
Phone:  304-344-8053
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm


EnAct, Inc. Community Action – Clendenin Pantry
(Clendenin United Methodist Church)
121 Koontz Av., Clendenin, WV 25045
Serves sections of northern Kanawha County, Mink Shoals area to Roane and Clay county lines
Phone: 304-946-7782
Hours: Tuesday, 5-6 pm


EnAct, Inc – Montgomery Office
416 4th Ave., Montgomery, WV 25136
Serves areas of eastern Kanawha County, Montgomery to Cedar Grove and East Bank
Phone: 304-946-7782
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm


EnAct, Inc. – Chesapeake Pantry 
12404 MacCorkle Av., Chesapeake, WV 25315
Serving areas of eastern Kanawha County, including Belle, Cabin Creek, Marmet, Chesapeake to Boone County line
Phone: 304-946-7782
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Five Loaves/Two Fishes
PO Box 9, Poca, WV 25159
Serving Putnam County, north side of Kanawha River
Phone: 304-755-2911
Hours: 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon


Heart and Hand Community Service Center
212 D Street, South Charleston, WV 25303
Phone: 304-744-6741
Serving all of South Charleston area, Smith Creek, Davis Creek south to Lincoln County line. Charleston 25314 Zip Code.
Phone: 304-744-6741
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:00 AM – 12/noon &
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Mountain Mission
1620 Seventh Av., Charleston, WV 25312
Serving all of Kanawha, focused on North Charleston, West Charleston, Sissonville, north to Jackson County line
Phone: 304-344-3407
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M


Nitro  Mission Team
108 Holly Street, Nitro, WV 25143
(Behind Nitro Fire Dept.)
Serving Nitro City area to Cross Lanes Drive
Phone: 304-721-8216
Hours: Tuesdays, 9:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Pocatalico/Sissonville Community Food Pantry
6823 Sissonville Drive, Sissonville, WV
(Aldersgate United Methodist Church)
Serving Sissonville Drive to Jackson County line
Phone: 304-984-1164
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. (Emergencies) Thursday, 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.


The Salvation Army
301 Tennessee Av., Charleston, WV 25302
Serving Kanawha and Putnam counties. Focus on Charleston, parts of West Side to Kanawha City; Malden, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Meadowbrook, Pinch, Quick, and Big Chimney
Phone: 304-343-4548  ext. 1108
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 & 1:00 to 3:00 pm


St. Albans Community Food Pantry
St. Marks Episcopal Church
405 B St., St. Albans, WV 25177
Serving Saint Albans area
Phone: 304-722-4284
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30 am to 11:00 am


SOURCE: Judy Drummond BSW, LSW, MPH, MA, WV Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health, Office – Programs – Disaster Coordinator, 350 Capitol Street, Room 350, Charleston, WV  25301-3702, Desk:  304-356-4801, Cell:    304-610-6003/304-356-1768, Fax:    304-558-1008

A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.

RESOURCE: Food pantries & School lunch