By Betty Gandee
West Virginia has shown that the dedication to the social distancing has paid off by keeping our coronavirus numbers low. With businesses scheduled to open in phases, Governor Jim Justice did announce that West Virginia schools would not reopen for the remaining 2019-20 school year.
With school being a place where students could depend on daily meals, this continues to be a concern for school employees, churches, and community members. They have pulled together and have continued to prepare and distribute meals every Monday to last students all week.
Bethel Ivydale UMC has also aided in the distribution of food to the community, setting up free food giveaways alongside the road to ensure anyone who needs food can easily access it. You can spot Paul Hopkins II on any given day representing the Bethel Ivydale UMC and giving back to the community in times of need.
Along with the roadside giveaways, there is also an upcoming mobile food pantry set to take place at the Clay County High School on Wednesday, May 13, between 9 and 11 a.m. This food pantry will be available to Clay County residents only, and they ask that you have a place cleared out in your trunk upon your arrival. They will be giving out one box of food per vehicle at this time.