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USW Women of Steel Donate $400 to Food Pantry in Jackson County

PIKETON, Ohio – On Dec. 14, United Steelworkers’ (USW) Local 1-689 Women of Steel donated $400 to the Food Program and Clothesline of Jackson in Jackson, Ohio. Approximately 250 families a month are given food from the pantry’s shelves.

Shown at the recent presentation from the USW Local 1-689 Women of Steel donation to the Food Program and Clothesline of Jackson County are, from left, Theresa Workman, Jeffrey Dalton (Food Program and Clothesline of Jackson), Andria Smalley, Nancy Baisden (Food Program and Clothesline of Jackson), Lou Thompson, Francie Mullins, Jodi Jenkins and Mark Veach. Not pictured, Lisa Jenkins, Brook Pyle, Melissa Sammons, Sandy Stanley and Jeri Trent.

During the previous month, members of the Women of Steel collected donations from employees of the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant during a “bucket drive” held at the site. Close to 2,000 workers are employed at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) site in Piketon, and approximately 800 employees are members of the USW. The USW Women of Steel is an arm of the United Steelworkers union, the largest industrial union in the United States. For more information, visit http://www.usw.org.

The pantry was formed by the Jackson Area Ministries, and became operational about 40 years ago in Jackson. They’ve been in their current location at 276 E. Main Street for the past 26 years. Five days a week, employees and volunteers at the pantry distribute some of life’s necessities to the needy. Volunteers from several different churches help staff the facility. Recipients are referred by area churches and social service agencies such as Job and Family Services, American Red Cross, the Health Department and area churches.

Manager Nancy Baisden said about 90 percent of their clients return for help every 30 days.

“To provide for others is so important,” Baisden said. “There is so much need in the community. There are so many people who are without food. We also sell clothing. If there is a great need, we can give them used clothing. There’s no reason for people to go hungry if there’s a food pantry they can go to where they can receive food.”