Updated Mon, Apr 22, 2013 7:17 am
Catholic Charities West Virginia is launching a new Mobile Outreach and Wellness Works Food Pantry this week to serve six eastern counties.
Bishop Michael Bransfield is holding a dedication ceremony Thursday at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Mission in Elizabeth.
Catholic Charities director Mark Sliter-Hays says the mobile program will try to meet the needs of poor and low-income families in Calhoun, Roane, Ritchie, Doddridge, Gilmer and Wirt counties.
He says many rural, isolated areas are considered "food deserts" by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The mobile teams will deliver people a five-day supply of healthy food, as well as information and social service agency referrals.
The Wal-Mart Foundation and the Congregation of St. Joseph's Generous Promise Grant Fund are helping fund the program. St. Elizabeth's will store the food.