"Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is...Life is good when you are happy; but much better when others are happy because of you." Pope Francis
The Pantry is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 12:00 (noon) to 4:00 p.m. When you arrive please stay in your vehicle and someone will be with you to take your information. Please be patient as we are working with a limited staff.
Your income must be within 130% of the poverty guidelines or you currently receive SNAP benefits. You must also provide a form of identification, evidence of your current address and proof of the number of household members by letter from DHHR showing number in household or Birth Certificate for each person.
Our weekend feeding program is for those physically unable to prepare food for themselves within the Parkersburg area. Each Saturday and Sunday we prepare and deliver 400 meals each day. Our trucks run 52 weeks a year. Those over the age of 70 and the most disabled receive first offering.
Our mission currently prepares 93 back packs of food for weekends for Kanawha elementary.
In 2020 our mission distributed over 456,000 pounds of food through our food pantry. We are the largest food pantry in Wood County. Our monthly average in 2020 was 595 families. We served 672 families in March 2020 with April being 479 families. The mission finished November 2021 serving 595 families through our pantry. Our Weekend Feeding Program served 41,435 meals in 2020.
We work with schools in our community to provide clothing, coats and shoes.
Old Man Rivers Mission has a program to help individuals obtain eye exams and glasses. This is income based. The individual must complete an application through our office. We will notify you of the date and time of your appointment. All appointments must be kept because we do not reschedule. We will help an individual once every five years due to the number of requests for this service.
Old Man Rivers Mission has been in existence since 1991. This is the 30th Anniversary of Old Man Rivers. All services provided through the mission are free of charge and provided by an all volunteer staff. Old Man Rivers Mission has no payroll, therefore, allowing 99.4% of every dollar to go back into the community.
Old Man Rivers Mission does not receive state or federal money. Our mission is community supported through generous donations from individuals, organizations, businesses and churches. We are extremely grateful for any and all donations received. Old Man Rivers Mission is a 501(c)(3) organization as determined by the Internal Revenue Service, therefore making all donations tax deductible.
You Can Make A Difference.
As Mission outreach continues to grow, we depend upon donations to meet ongoing needs in the following areas:
Food - Canned, Dried, Boxed, We cannot accept food which is out of date.
Personal Hygiene Items
Cleaning and Laundry products
Childrens clothing and shoes, new or in excellent condition. BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC AND DOING CURBSIDE DELIVERIES WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING CLOTHING AT THIS TIME. NO ROOM FOR STORAGE.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals of trying to improve the lives of others. THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS.