CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice and his office have presented two local food banks with massive donations as the holiday season is upon us.
Justice presented ceremonial checks for $500,000 each during Tuesday’s COVID-19 briefing to two West Virginia food banks: the Mountaineer Food Bank, based in Gassaway, and the Facing Hunger Foodbank, based in Huntington, for the third year in a row.
“I promised this money in my State of the State address two years ago and included it in my budget again this year,” Justice said during the presentation.
“This will be the third year that we’ll be able to donate these funds. As long as I’m here, I’m going to put this in my budget. We may try in every way to increase it. The bottom line to the whole thing is we don’t need people going hungry in West Virginia. I know a lot of people step up and make all kinds of donations and everything, but at the end of the day, we don’t need people hungry in West Virginia. I mean that that is so terrible. It’s off the charts.”
Tennyson Thornberry, the Operations Project Manager at Facing Hunger Foodbank said during the presentation, “You’ve entrusted resources with us to take care of our communities throughout our region. We just can’t thank you enough for that. It’s making transformational changes in our community. So it’s an honor and a pleasure to be able to accept this check. On behalf of the Foodbank and those in our community, we thank you dearly.”