"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. Clients can visit the food pantry once every 30 days.
Your income must be within 185% 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 350 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 103
back packs of food every weekend for Kanawha Elementary School students.
In 2022 our mission distributed over 474,318 pounds of food through our food pantry. We are the largest food pantry in Wood County. Our first 3 quarters in 2022, averaged 598 families a month. The 4th quarter of 2022, averaged 615 families a month. January 2023, we provided food for 699 families, February 580 families, March 766 families, April 735 families, May 845 families, June 848 families and July 899 families, August 858., September 848 and October 914. Our Weekend Feeding Program served 37,863 meals in 2022.
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. The mission is coming upon its 32nd Anniversary of operation. All services provided through the mission are free of charge and provided by a staff of volunteers. If you would like to be a part of helping others within the community, please contact us. We are especially in need of individuals who can help us deliver the weekend meals. If you have a clean driving record, we need drivers. if driving is not your thing, we need individuals who can get the meals from the truck to the doors.
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.
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
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.