Taylor County Project HOP2E
5 Hospital Plaza
Grafton, WV 26354
Taylor County Project HOP2E is a non-profit (501c3) organization whose primary goal is to make sure those in need have enough food to eat. Many residents of Taylor, Harrison Monongalia, Marion, Preston and Barbour counties suffer with food scarcity on a regular basis. We have been very successful in our mission to provide nutritious food to the community when it is needed. Project HOP2E was started back in 2007 by Walesca Marrero an Americorp Vista working in Taylor County. Project HOP2E offers both a food pantry and a mobile food pantry. Our food pantry is open from 8am until 5pm Monday through Friday. Every three months our mobile pantry delivers food to various parts of Taylor County. This allows us to reach those who may not have a means to visit our pantry.
Project HOP2E is a community coalition made up of church organizations, county and city officials, DHHR, Health Department, Community Action, PATCH, Taylor County Family Resource Network, the Taylor county school system and the local community. With all of us working together not only can we provide additional food for families but also opportunities for education through nutrition classes from the Family Nutrition Program to develop and/or increase food skills through preparation, budgeting, shopping, healthy food selection and much more.
This school year we partnered with Fetterman Methodist Church & Pruntytown Methodist Church’s in their Anna Jarvis backpack program. This program feeds over 90 children on the weekends during the school year.
This past summer we established our first Project HOP2E garden in order to provide fresh, healthy produce to those in need, and intend to expand that resource next summer. The garden was over 5,000 square feet and grew over 10,000 pounds of food that was distributed during Grafton’s Farmer’s Market on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s.
The Project HOP2E Garden was made possible because of donations from All Aboard Grafton, the Grafton City Council, the Taylor County Commission, Oak Grove Greenhouses, Bridgeport Low’s, Sears, Kingwood and Grafton Walmart’s and Park Seed in South Carolina.
Project HOP2E also partners with the Taylor County Collaborative Family Resource Network, Goody’s, Leer Mines, The Mountain Statesman Newspaper, the Taylor County Board of Education and generous individuals to help bring toys, clothes and food to less fortunate during Christmas.
Project HOP2E is 100% volunteer based. All proceeds raised go directly into helping those in need. We work with Feeding America and Mountaineer Food Bank.
In January 2016 Project HOP2E has decided to expand our goals and not only focus on helping our people to eat, but also help our people become more active and healthy! This January we are kicking off “The New Year, New You Weight Loss Challenge, Helping The Hungry One Pound A Time.
Project HOP2E is a nonprofit 501(c)3 tax exempt organization which has a governing board that meets monthly. The board of directors are as follows
Joe Solberg & Walesca Marrero