Grow Warwood Pride, House of the Carpenter Fuels Drive for Hunger and Literacy

Grow Warwood Pride is joining forces with the House of the Carpenter for a Feeding and Reading Drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Kroger in the Warwood Shopping Plaza.

The Feeding and Reading Drive is asking for donations to benefit the Warwood Weekend Food Program and the food pantry at the House of the Carpenter. Individuals may make monetary or food donations. Lists of items requested — and their location in the Warwood Kroger — will be available on the day of the drive.

The Warwood Weekend Food Program currently sends weekend meals home with 54 students at Warwood School each week. The Warwood Weekend Food Program primarily collects four staple items to include in each week’s bag: oatmeal, mac and cheese, canned soups and canned pastas. This program is funded entirely through community donations and grants.

The food pantry at the House of the Carpenter serves more than 500 families each month with a shopping-style experience, which allows people to select foods that they or their families will eat. The food pantry is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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The reading part of the drive is sharing a love for literacy by picking up or donating a book for yourself or someone else to enjoy. Book donations will be used to supply the Free Little Libraries throughout Warwood. The Free Little Libraries operate on a Take a Book, Leave a Book philosophy.

Adult and child volunteers are being recruited to help with this event and are being asked to sign up to help by clicking the appropriate links.

While donations of food are often more plentiful during the holidays, resources are rapidly depleted as a result. By hosting a food drive in January, Grow Warwood Pride and the House of the Carpenter aim to replenish resources for the programs fighting hunger.

For more information about Grow Warwood Pride,  contact Julie Davis at 304-280-2621 or

For more information about the food pantry or other House of the Carpenter programs, call 304-233-4640 or email