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Bi-County Nutrition has been providing food for seniors for 44 years

Editor’s note: This is a series of stories featuring United Way of Harrison County agencies.

NUTTER FORT — Bi-County Nutrition served more than 116,000 meals to people in need in Harrison and Doddridge counties last year. The agency has been providing healthy food and companionship to senior citizens for over 44 years.

Bi-County receives $80,000 from the United Way of Harrison County annually, which is crucial in helping serve people under age 60 who qualify for the program but whose meals are not subsidized through other funding, Bi-County Director Wanda Carrico said.

“The United Way funds 10,376 meals a year. That means meals for 46 clients every day,” Carrico said. “We do not charge for any meals, although we ask for donations. If United Way does not meet its goal, that would mean 46 less people would receive meals for one year.”

Bi-County’s is headquartered in Nutter Fort, where its office and warehouse are located. Other sites are located in West Union, Salem and Shinnston. The agency has an annual budget of approximately $800,000 a year.

In addition to the United Way’s contribution, Bi-County receives state and federal funding totaling $470,000 through the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services Older Americans Act, as well as Harrison County Vital Services Levy funds of $50,000, donations from churches and contributions from the community.

“I just received word (Friday) that we received a $1,500 Walmart Community Grant,” Carrico said.

Besides preparing and delivering over 100,000 meals every year, Bi-County prepares Blizzard Boxes, which are made possible through a mini-grant received from the United Way last year.

“The boxes contain seven shelf-stable meals that can be utilized by clients in case of inclement weather when our drivers can’t get out,” Carrico said. “Some clients also receive frozen meals on Friday for the weekends.”

Bi-County cooks prepare alternative meals for clients with chewing issues, along with substitute meals for clients with a different preference, head cook Marian Bland said.

Barb Newbrough is one of 23 part-time employees at the Bi-County office in Nutter Fort.

Newbrough packs her vehicle bright and early each morning for 43 deliveries in North View, Glen Falls, Wilsonburg, Reynoldsville and Adamston.

While most of the meals are delivered to the homes of shut-in seniors, lunch is also served on-site for people who wish to travel to any of the four Bi-County locations and visit with others.

United Way Executive Director Tina Yoke said her agency helps fund the preparation and delivery of hot meals to disabled and low-income adults in Harrison County through Bi-County Nutrition.

“It’s so much more than a meal. It may be some of the clients’ only contact with another person. So it’s also checking on people who may not have anyone else looking out for them,” Yoke said.

Bi-County Nutrition is one of 25 local agencies supported by the United Way of Harrison County. The annual United Way campaign kicks off in mid-September and runs until the end of February.

For more information or to make a donation, call 304-624-6337, send a donation to P.O. Box 2452, Clarksburg, W.Va. 26301, visit the United Way’s Facebook page or and click on the “donate” button. Donations can be made to the general fund or to a specific agency supported by the United Way.

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