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Boyscout Brady Masters Collects 1600 Cans of Food for KPP!

Boyscout Brady Masters and his family would like to thank all of the following donors and volunteers who helped him achieve and surpass his goal of collecting 500 cans for his Eagle Scout project. The total amount of cans he collected for Kidz Power Pacs was…1600! We couldn’t have done it without you!
Thank you to Brady’s family, his Boyscout troop, members of Bunker Hill United Methodist Church (his Boyscout church), KPP volunteers, Pizza Oven, Food Lion, Weis, Martin’s and the Journal.
Brady’s Eagle Scout project truly involved the “Community Combined,” with individuals, businesses and the church coming together in community to help feed hungry school children in our area!
Above all, we would like to thank God for blessing Brady’s Eagle Scout project and for blessing Kidz Power Pacs!!!
Blessings to all,The Masters Family

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Kidz Power Pacs Feeds Hungry Children

January 22, 2018
Tabitha Johnston, Journal Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG — Kidz Power Pacs volunteers held hands and prayed in a giant circle Saturday morning, before beginning to pack food for over 900 children in Berkeley and Jefferson County.

Kidz Power Pacs connects with Berkeley and Jefferson County school counselors and teachers to find and feed children who are going without food over weekends and school breaks throughout the year. This initiative is one of many led by Community Combined Ministries, Inc., founded by Diana Wall after a mission trip showed her the needs in El Salvador were similar to those in the Eastern Panhandle.

“All of this is from donations around the county from individuals and businesses,” said volunteer of eight years Bev Yebernetsky. She said her husband, Greg, helps unload the trucks full of groceries into Eagle School Intermediate’s cafeteria every Friday night before the monthly event.

“It’s a great way to help a child who would otherwise be hungry on the weekend,” Yebernetsky said, mentioning her church, New Life Community Church, is one of about 35 who support the ministry. “A child from five years and up can do the packing. It’s only two hours on a Saturday morning once a month, or three hours on a Friday night once a month.”

“Our main focus is a community effort. We do it on Saturday specifically to encourage families to participate,” said CCM secretary and marketing coordinator Becky Fauble, mentioning none of the food is taken from food banks. “We keep consistent with kid-friendly foods, so a lot of our soups and raviolis are easy-open, because some kids don’t have a lot of parent help.”

“Our biggest need right now is prayer. We’re also seeking sponsors, volunteers or anyone who wants to hold a fundraiser,” said Valley View Chapel member Fauble, who has helped with the organization since it was founded 10 years ago. “Teaching our next generation the needs of others and getting them involved in our community is really important. Plus, when you serve you feel a lot of self-worth–children need that.”

“I asked around and put fliers up at school,” said Hedgesville High School senior and volunteer of five years Skyler Morrow, who packed boxes at the event with his mom, Barbara Morrow. He said his efforts seemed to have paid off, because he saw a few of his classmates helping at the event.

“If you can’t come Saturday, Fridays are phenomenal. We have a blast,” said Martinsburg Seventh-day Adventist Church member Melissa Clapper, who, with her husband Terry Clapper, has volunteered with KPP for two years. “We feel this is a very much-needed ministry in our community.

“Just get involved in the community. That helps everybody,” said Automated Mulching & Total Lawn Care owner Terry Clapper.

To learn how you can help, visit https://communitycombined.org/.

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Kidz Power Pacs to Hold Monthly Food Packing Event

January 13, 2018

Tabitha Johnson  — tjohnston@journal-news.net

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Volunteers can help the 501(c)3 nonprofit unload food that Friday at 4:30 p.m. and pack that food the next morning at 9 a.m.

“We’ve been doing this for 10 years now,” said Kidz Power Pacs Director Diana Wall, who founded the nonprofit with her husband in 2007. “My husband and I were in El Salvador helping other missionaries with feeding children and building churches and different things, and when we came back home, I talked with some local teachers who said the same needs were in our own backyard.”

“Many of the teachers were going in and feeding the children out of their own pockets,” Wall said, mentioning that all 39 public schools in Berkeley and Jefferson County are covered by CCM. “We feed an average of over 900 children now because of the love of the community.”

“We buy food that’s easy to open and prepare. Many of the children have to fix it for themselves, because the parents are at work and the kids have to look after themselves and their younger siblings,” Wall said, explaining CCM buys everything in bulk from local grocery stores and doesn’t take food from Mountaineer Food Bank, to avoid taking food away from the area’s other nonprofits.

“We have a lot of kids whose parents are in the home and still working to provide but falling short, and also single parents,” added Wall, mentioning that each monthly packing prepares about 4,000 packages. “Sadly, yes, we don’t try to focus on it because it is not the situation for all the kids we feed, but the opioid epidemic has increased the number of students as well.”

“We added several more schools this year, and one school instantly had 62 children identified, so we are searching for sponsors for each of those children,” Wall said, explaining that each sponsor gives $20 per month, which is enough to feed the child during weekends, holiday breaks and summer vacation.

CCM was accepted into West Virginia’s Neighborhood Investment Program last year, which allows the organization to give a $250 tax credit to every business or individual who donates $500 to the organization.

CCM recently started another ministry, King Foods, that accepts food stamps and allows people to order and buy discounted food through the organization online, over the phone or by mail. For more information about CCM, visit https://communitycombined.org/ or email communitycombinedwv@gmail.com.

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Community Combined Ministries, Inc.

Thank you for writing an article on the ministry. One correction: CCM covers 39 schools total between Berkeley and Jefferson County. CCM does not cover all the schools in both counties. 2 Shepherdtown schools are covered by caring cubcards and some in Berkeley County are covered by Backpack. No school is duplicated. A list of CCM schools can be found on their website.

 

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