Did you know that $500 can turn into 3,750 meals or by collecting 200 canned goods another 167 meals can help those in need?
The month of September is National Hunger Action Month and there is a great event happening that will allow you to help give back and fight hunger. The annual Writer’s Harvest event will be held Thursday, September 14th at 7pm at Marshall University’s Visual Arts Center downtown across from Pullman Square as part of the A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series hosted through Marshall University’s Department of English and College of Liberal Arts. This annual event will feature 2 local authors giving live readings, book signings and Q&A’s.
The 2017 event will feature Laura Treacy Bentley a Marshall University graduate and author, who will be reading from her most recently published book, Ireland: An Irish Appalachian Pilgrimage (2017). She has been published in many literary journals across the United States and Ireland as well as receiving a Fellowship Award for Literature from the WV Commission on the Arts. The other feature author is Joel Peckham, assistant professor of American literature at Marshall and known author of poetry and memoir.
Karen Van Kirk, who has attended the event in previous years, said it is a wonderful evening to hear great local authors as well as give back to the community.
“In addition to meeting caring, friendly people who support the Arts, it is also the best way to contribute to the community. Many local families depend on our local food banks, especially after all of the back-to-school expenses. Charity begins at home,” said Van Kirk.
Mrs. Van Kirk encourages others to join in on this great event “For a great evening of entertainment to fill the pantry shelves for our neighbors, I hope everyone will bring a friend and donations to support the Writer’s Harvest.”
The event is free and open to the public and in lieu of admission cost it is asked each guest donate 2-3 nonperishable food items that will be donated to Facing Huger Food Bank. Cyndi Kirkhart, Executive Director of Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington, WV said Facing Hunger Food Bank relies on the support of the total community throughout their 17 county service area, “All of us can do more than one of us. With our purchasing ability, each dollar donated represents 7.5 meals,” said Kirkhart. The event has a goal to bring in 200 non-perishable food items and $500 that can be donated to Facing Hunger Food Bank.
The Facing Hunger Food Bank serves 116,000 food insecure people throughout the 17 county services area and 3800 children weekly with backpacks of food supplies through the school year.
Drop off bin is now available to accept donations now through the event at the Marshall Visual Arts Center front entrance located on 4th Avenue across from Pullman, at the event location. For more information regarding this event please follow the event on Facebook to Find out more about event.