With millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table due to the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, one man in West Virginia knew precisely what to do when he got his stimulus checks– provide them to a food bank.
In March, Congress passed the CARES Act that licensed checks of up to $1,200 per individual as part of its COVID stimulus packages.
But Shannon Harshbarger felt he had no requirement for the money and decided that instead of returning the checks, he would provide the money to the Facing Appetite Foodbank in Huntington.
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” I offer at my church food pantry, Assisting Hands Trinity Church of God, we return to the community. The folks here provide us government commodities and food, and it’s just the best thing to do,” Harshbarger said.
” I’ve been blessed in my life … and it’s just a method to give back to the community,” he added.
His generosity has actually been praised by the food bank’s director of development and interactions, Belinda Chapman, who told the news outlet that his continuous contributions had actually developed 25,700 meals.