CFMC COVID-19 Emergency Fund in Action
Written By: Robin Reid
Residents of Morgantown often go to their local town hall and police department for assistance, but what they may not know is that the Morgantown Community Food Pantry, located on the second floor, is open and ready to help them.
In 1992, people from several churches in this community opened a pantry to help individuals and families experiencing food insecurity. Now, only three churches remain involved, and there is a need for additional volunteers.
“I started volunteering in 1997 after I lost my job and my husband at the same time. A friend of mine suggested that I get involved, and I’m so glad that I did,” said Margaret Figg, Morgantown Community Food Pantry Coordinator. “It’s a blessing to be able to help people in need.”
The Community Foundation of Morgan County (CFMC) understands food insecurity is a real problem in our communities. That’s why we established the COVID-19 Emergency Fund to support local food pantries that serve our most vulnerable and at-risk residents.
The Morgantown pantry is open the fourth Friday of each month from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Emergency assistance is also available upon request. The pantry is located at 120 W. Washington Street.
According to Figg, the food is already boxed. Food items include meat, veggies, beans, cereal, macaroni and cheese, soup, bread, and more. People can drive up to the front of the building and wait for volunteers to place a food box into their vehicle. Currently, the pantry is serving anywhere from 50 to 70 families each month.
“The COVID-19 Emergency Grant from CFMC has been a huge blessing for us. The money allows me to buy a larger variety of food so we can serve more people,” said Figg. “We’re also thankful for the support we receive from the local Lions Club, Future Farmers of America, and the Boys and Girls Scouts of America.”
When asked about the people they serve, Figg said she is blessed by everyone that comes to the pantry. “I have a family where the mom has cancer, a baby, and two other children. Despite her circumstances, she is always thanking me for the support her family receives. She calls me whenever they need food. She has trouble walking so her husband stops by to pick up a box of food. I’m blessed to know her and admire her strength and faith.”
Even when Figg lost her job and her husband in 1997, she decided to turn her negative situation into a positive one, and that’s the message she wants to share with others. “You will be blessed when you give your time, talent, and or treasure to help someone in need. It not only makes you feel better but more importantly, God is smiling down at you and wants to bless you for your good work,” she added.
Supporting our local food pantries with emergency funding is a real solution to meet the needs of at-risk individuals and families. Recently, the Kendrick Foundation pledged $50,000 to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the next 9 weeks as the need continues. We know the problem of food insecurity will continue to grow due to this pandemic. Be a part of this solution. Donate today at www.cfmconline.org.