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Preston packs bus for school students

Food, donations go to help Food for Preston 

KINGWOOD — Michelle Wolford’s Pack the Bus wasd held Sunday at the Kingwood Community Building.

The project collects food and donations for the Food For Preston school backpack program, which   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 parked on Brown Avenue, in front of the community building, where donations of nonperishable food items, money and other necessities were accepted.

Donations are always needed. 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.

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 more than 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).

Sunday’s event was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kingwood, Kingwood Lions, Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department and Buckwheat Express.

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