By James E. Casto, The Herald-Dispatch
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hunger stalks tens of thousands of people, young and old, in West Virginia.
Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks, estimates that 250,600 people in the state struggle with hunger every day. Of them, 73,770 are children.
Food banks are an essential link in the effort to feed the hungry. They collect, sort and store a wide array of food items and then distribute that food to local food pantries, soup kitchens, day care centers, homeless shelters and other agencies.
Feeding America has two affiliate food banks in the state — Facing Hunger Foodbank in Huntington and Mountaineer Food Bank in Gassaway…