County Extension Director Donna Cliett spends many of her waking hours putting food packages together at the West Point Food Pantry inside the old Mary Holmes College gymnasium.
The food assortments are put together by volunteers and are provided monthly to 439 Clay County families who are in need. Thatâ€™s almost 800 people total.
This holiday season the Food Pantry is not just in need of food and donations to keep local families fed, but the institution that has been around for over 15 years needs volunteer labor.
Labaris â€śLBâ€ť Conner is a testament that patience does pay off.
Sitting in his office at West Pointâ€™s Kroger grocery store on Monday, Conner recalled how in 1996 he was given a shot at bagging groceries at his local Kroger in Columbus. Today heâ€™s the head man in charge in West Pointâ€™s store, and besides trying to get the local store into the black budget-wise, Conner has an opportunity to give local teenagers the same shot at a career he got 16 years ago.
â€śI could have 20 people here,â€ť Conner said. â€śI may get three out of those 20, but if I can reach those three, my job is done.â€ť