Athens County Red Cross to Open Feeding Stations

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The Athens County Red Cross is setting up feeding stations Tuesday for those still without power after last week's storm.

"There are a few core areas in Athens County who do not have power as of yet. So, we're trying to provide those folks with some food while they're waiting," says Jane Patton, interim executive director of the Red Cross.

The last time feeding stations were used was after the tornado that ripped through the county in September of 2010.

Though many in Athens County are still without power, the area that most concerns the Red Cross is Vinton County.

According to Patton, the lack of power leaves residents without other necessities.

"The vast majority of those folks do not have power and therefore do not even have access to goods and services. So, we're concentrating a lot of our efforts there because there's so many people involved, and we will be feeding two meals a day down there until they have restoration of power," said Patton.

The number of subsequent feeding stations will be determined on a nightly basis.

"Quite frankly we haven't been having to give out a lot of meals. So, we have to weigh whether it's needed or not. With what's happening with our lunch, I'm guessing that we probably won't have to continue going forward. We will do dinner tonight," says Patton.

Dinner will be served at:

– The Church of the Nazarene, 49 Connett Road in The Plains- 4:15 p.m.

– The Chauncey Volunteer Fire Department- 4:30 p.m.

– The Red Cross mobile feeding unit in the Buchtel area- 5 p.m.