MARTINSBURG– Steven Truax, president of the Berkeley County Congregational Cooperative Action Project Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry presented an annual report to residents Sunday at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Martinsburg.
Truax provided a report on the state of the organization, detailing the many services provided to Berkeley County constituents throughout 2017. Donor and volunteer contributions to the organization were also recognized.
According to Truax, CCAP’s funding totals for last year were around $221,568, collected through grants, federal funding and other charitable donations.
In 2017, $158,881 was spent in rental assistance, $10,342 in prescription assistance, $15,056 in water/sewer assistance, $38,459 in electricity assistance and $5,417 in assistance for work shoes and work clothing through the CCAP organization.
Truax added CCAP distributed more than 104,000 pounds of food throughout Berkeley County last year.
The West Virginia Nonprofit Association reported that West Virginia ranks No. 1 for food needs and volunteer response in the country.
“We have so many local churches and volunteers who give time, food and financial support to people in the area,” Truax said. “This organization, through its members, volunteers, local companies and firms, and individual supporters provide emergency and short-term needs for individuals and families, whether they require food, housing, utility and other assistance.”
The Loaves and Fishes organization is considered one of the biggest services CCAP provides, Truax added.
“Through those services, we are now able to provide food for people up to eight times a year, which is amazing,” Truax said. “Some of our more significant events in 2017 were that we had so many successful food drives.
This is all very volunteer-based and we couldn’t do anything without the help of our wonderful church members and volunteers. As always, we are looking for more volunteers.”
Two new members were also elected to the CCAP board of directors at Sunday’s meeting. Pastor Julie Harris, of the Trinity Episcopal Church, and resident Becky Pyne were unanimously voted as members of the 2018 CCAP board.
“We do a variety of services here at CCAP and we have so many hard working people,” Truax said. “With all of that said, no one receives compensation, most of what we make goes straight back into this community, except for certain expenses. People don’t just give us money to sit on, people give us money to help. If we do anything else, were being disingenuous. Our job is to get out there and help as many people as we can.”
For more information about CCAP/Loaves and Fishes, visit berkeleycountyccap.com.