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Mountaineer Food Bank Survives Financial Problems


Mountaineer Food Bank has survived financial problems that threatened to shut it down.

Mountaineer board of directors president Julie Harris attributes the turnaround to support from various sources. She tells The Exponent Telegram that the next step is to hire a permanent executive director and begin a strategic planning process.

Mountaineer’s former director was let go in March, primarily because of cost. The food bank took a financial hit in July 2014 when its computer system crashed, resulting in a costly fix.

The food bank supplies food to more than 600 programs in 48 of West Virginia’s 55 counties.

Help on the Horizon Inc. director Yvonne Chelberg says Mountaineer helps her program feed 80 to 100 families a month in Lewis and Harrison counties.