WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Hungry and hurting: the number of families without food is growing nationwide and here at home.
That's keeping the Huntington Area Food Bank's mobile food pantry on the road and very busy.
A community that started out with around 50 families lining up for food a few weeks ago saw more than 500 Thursday, proving the problem is progressing.
“I've stood in line many times and I'm not too proud to say it to stand in line to help feed my children,” said Patty Davis.
“I believe there are a lot of children who go to bed hungry and don't know where their next meal is coming from when they wake up. That's why I'm here in this job,” said Jamie Moore.
Jamie runs the Huntington Area Food Bank mobile food pantry. It just started four months ago, but this trip to Wayne County is personal. It's his hometown--and it's hurting.
“I already know the people are real good and I know they're well-deserving-they need the help,” said Jamie.
“I don't know what I would have done if it hadn't been for this,” said Peggy McClellan.
We've met Peggy before. Earlier this month, her home caught fire.
“Everything burned to the ground. I lost my car, I lost my home. I lost everything I worked for all my life and yes, I'm here for help and they're helping me, thank goodness,” said Peggy.
“These are real people, these people do exist and the problem is very real,” Don Perdue.
Wayne County State Delegate, Don Perdue, is also a member of the Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Wayne. He's helped to spearhead this local effort.
“We've got a mission to take care of each other and do it the right way and that's what we aim to do,” said Delegate Perdue.
“I know we can't get to everybody, but we're going to try to get to everyone possible,” said Jamie.
The Huntington Area Food Bank mobile food pantry delivered and distributed about 18,000 pounds of food in Wayne Thursday, in addition to some clothing.