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Pack the Bus Preston County fundraiser to feed kids will be Aug. 9

KINGWOOD — Michelle Wolford’s Pack the Bus will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Kingwood Community Building.

The project collects food and donations for the Food For Preston school backpack program.

The backpack program sends food home with needy students for the weekend.

Pack the Bus was started by the Rotary Club of Kingwood in 2013 at the urging of the late Michelle Wolford, a columnist and reporter for The Dominion Post who was president of the Kingwood Rotary. Wolford died of pancreatic cancer in July 2015.

A Buckwheat Express bus will be parked on Brown Avenue, in front of the community building, to accept donations. Suggested food donations include granola bars, mini cereal boxes, tuna/cracker boxes, canned pasta, canned beef stew, pudding cups, fruit cups, fruit snacks, trail mix and raisins.

According to Food For Preston’s website, it serves over 300 students each week, distributing over 12,000 bags of food throughout the school year.​​

Each bag sent home with a student for the weekend includes two breakfasts (for example, a granola bar and breakfast bars), two lunches (tuna and crackers, and chicken and cracker packs), two dinners (canned beef stew and canned ravioli), and two snacks (pudding cup and fruit cup).

Monetary donations will also be accepted at the bus. Checks should be made out to Food For Preston. Make donations with a credit card or Paypal at or by mailing checks to Food For Preston, P.O. Box 1175, Kingwood, WV 26537.

The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kingwood, Kingwood Lions, Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department and Buckwheat Express.

For more information contact Food For Preston at or 304-379-3519.

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