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Soup kitchens need more donations and volunteers in the winter months

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Area soup kitchens need donations during the winter months Area soup kitchens need donations during the winter months
CHARLESTON, WV -

As the temperatures continue to drop, local soup kitchens and food pantries say now is the time for people to get involved.

Stacy Santen and her friends serve breakfast to people at Manna Meal Soup Kitchen in Charleston, WV every Thursday morning.

"It is a matter or serving, but I feel like we, and my friends would be in agreement, we get back more than we could ever give," she said.

It's an experience she encourages everyone to try.

"More than just serving breakfast, it really is a blessing to be able to say good morning to people. It's a blessing to be able to try and brighten their days," she said.

On any given day, 400 people, including children, stop by Manna Meal to get a bite to eat.

Jean Simpson said their pantry shelves are pretty bare right now.

"Normally, you will see tuna stacked, completely stacked to here, canned chicken, Vienna sausages, pork and beans," she said.

Simpson said they need everything from canned meats, to fruit, peanut butter and jelly, soup, and cereal.

Tom Leftwich said the donations are a lifesaver for him.

"There's been times where I would have had a problem. I could have gone hungry, definitely, without Manna Meal," he said.

Whether you volunteer to serve meals at your local soup kitchen, or drop off canned goods, Simpson says the need stretches out across the Tri-State area.

To donate food or volunteer at Manna Meal, call 304-345-7121.