the needs of area food pantries continue to grow. Steve Porter with the
Marietta Community Food Pantry explained that, to a growing degree, local
pantries are in competition with larger cities. They can no longer buy
groceries at wholesale. In fact, they are paying near-market prices.
volunteers are welcomed and needed at all
area pantries. A recent study revealed that 24 percent of children and 16
percent of all residents of Wood, Washington and surrounding counties have
experienced food insecurity.