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Facing Hunger Foodbank announces award recipients and board members

March 9, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Facing Hunger Foodbank in Huntington recently held its annual volunteer recognition reception on Feb. 14.

In 2016, Facing Hunger created two awards to honor two individuals who were present at the food bank’s inception in 1983 and continue to provide support: James Casto and Francie Roberts Buchanan.

The James Casto Founder’s Award will be given to individual staff, donors or volunteers that exemplify Casto’s spirit in the donation of time, talent or treasure in support of the food bank. This year’s recipients were the foodbank’s local iHeart Media affiliate and Charles “Chuck” Jessup of The Herald-Dispatch.

Since 2012, iHeart Media has supported Facing Hunger with their annual Peanut Butter Drive that challenges area schools to collect jars of peanut butter with the winner receiving a dance party with Kee 100 radio personalities Dave and Jenn. During the 2018 drive, competing schools collected more than 2,200 pounds of peanut butter. In addition to the peanut butter drive, iHeart is a continued sponsor of Italiano! Italian Festival, the food bank’s annual street festival fundraiser to honor the southern West Virginia Italian heritage, as well as providing local iHeart on-air personalities to emcee the festival stage.

Chuck Jessup, vice president of sales for The Herald-Dispatch, has been a member of the Facing Hunger Board of Directors since 2016. During his time on the board, Jessup has supported all efforts of the food bank, with a focus on marketing efforts, volunteering for the annual Italiano! festival and coordinating a major fundraising and awareness event.

The Francie Roberts Buchanan Visionary Award is given to a group, individual staff, donors or volunteers that exemplify Buchanan’s vision and commitment to development of needed services to the greater community, and specifically to the Food Bank. It was presented to Bill and Addie Likens of Cabwaylingo Presbyterian Food Pantry.

The couple took over the pantry in May 2007 and have since grown their efforts in serving the Dunlow area of West Virginia. The Likens support their community by providing monthly food distributions along with a hot meal, backpacks for area school children, several after school programs and 160 senior food boxes.

To date, the Likens, along with their many local volunteers, have distributed more than 800,000 pounds of food that they have received from Facing Hunger Foodbank.

Facing Hunger Foodbank has implemented a donor level system to honor the donors who provide multiple levels of support. Donors who have provided a sustained level of support for an extended period, have been designated as Faces of Hope donors.

The 2018 Faces of Hope Award was presented to Kroger Corporation Mid Atlantic Region, which donates food on a weekly basis, hosts holiday food drives, makes emergency food boxes available for patrons to purchase and donate, and provides financial support.

Facing Hunger Foodbank also elected eight new board members Monday, Feb. 4.

The 2019 Board of Directors is:

Executive Board: Teresa L. (Terry) Deppner Hardin - President

Community Leader Charlotte Hoffman Norris - 1st Vice President, Jenkins Fenstermaker

Michael Chirico - 2nd Vice President, District Director and Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Carol Miller

Dan Ware - Treasurer, Ware and Hall, PLLC

Scott Richardson - Secretary, Kroger Corporation; Mid-Atlantic Region

Remaining members are:

Brenda Arrowood, Wayne County Board of Education

Jeff Barnes, Barnes Agency

Dr. James Becker, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University

Alicia Fox, Marshall University

Katheryn “Kathy” Hettlinger, Cabell Huntington Hospital

Charles “Chuck” Jessup, The Herald-Dispatch

Seth Young, Christ Community Church

Angela Henderson, St. Mary’s Hospital

David Jewell, Williamson Health and Wellness Center

Sarah Walling, Jenkins Fenstermaker

Bill Carpenter, Lincoln County Opportunity Co.

Annette Johnson, Hershel “Woody” Williams Veterans Administration Medical Center

Julie Midkiff, City National Bank

Rachel Coffman, Creative Services