EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLocal Families Rely On Union Mission Donations
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Reported by: Taisha Walker
Videographer: Taisha Walker
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Oct. 24, 2013 12:42 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 24, 2013 1:38 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The fight against hunger is a daily one for many Americans. Nearly 49 million people across the United States struggle with hunger, according to Feeding America.
Elizabeth Coleman is one of 25,640 people living in Kanawha County who is struggling with hunger. The 31-year-old mother of five knows the value of a meal.
"People would say I get a good amount of food stamps," Coleman said. "The amount I get, I could go to the store twice with all my children and it's gone."
The single-mother often turns to Union Mission in Kanawha City to help her get by when food becomes scarce.
"It helps a lot to help fill in the gaps at the end of the month or when a holiday or something is coming around," Coleman said. "Yes, it's a big help, a huge help."
Kathy Charcandy turned to the Union Mission last week after her husband was laid off from his job. She is worried about how she will put food on the table now that her family is down $900 a month.
"Some days it is a challenge," said Charcandy, a grandmother. "I've gotten the food stamps, but Obama is claiming he's going to cut them all off, so I don't even know if we are even going to get them next month or not."
Charcandy said now more than ever, her family relies on those food stamps. She recently gained full custody of her young granddaughter, another mouth that needs feeding.
Charcandy said her family usually spends about $500 a month on groceries with the help of SNAP benefits.The grandmother said with a reduction of SNAP benefits looming and the loss of her husband's job, she doesn't know how she will make ends meet.
Short on meals but not on faith, Charcandy said she is thankful the Union Mission and its donors have stepped in during her time of need.
"I just pray to God every day that he's going to take care of things, that's about all we can do right now," Charcandy said.
The Fight Against Hunger food drive ends Friday. More than 28,000 cans of food were collected as part of the drive by early Thursday. The drive also benefits Huntington City Mission.
Residents, businesses and organizations can drop off donations to the station on Piedmont Road in Charleston or at the Huntington studios on Fourth Avenue.
Donations are also being accepted at Foodland stores in Kanawha City, Spring Street in Charleston, Chelyan, Eleanor and Oak Hill and Best Home Medical in Barboursville and Hurricane.
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