Concord University’s Beckley Campus Helps Local Food Pantry

For Immediate Release: 
Nov 05 2012

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. - The Beckley Dream Center’s Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry recently placed a collection bin in the lobby of the Emma Byrd Higher Education Center in hopes of obtaining supplies for their food pantry. During the month of September, Concord University students collected seven car loads of food for this courageous cause.

Lori Pace, instructor of sociology in Beckley, said “The Dream Center distributes food boxes as well as clothing, baby items, and hot meals on the third Saturday of each month to more than 500 families.” They are low on food after being open as an emergency shelter during the July storms and power outages.

This type of collection at Concord University’s Beckley campus, located at the Emma Byrd Higher Education Center, helps Concord students to broaden their knowledge of community needs and provides awareness of non-profit organizations. In addition, it provides opportunities for service projects for Concord students.

“Shelby Warden and Marsha Smith, the Dream Center’s directors, commended the Concord students on such a productive food drive and appreciate Concord students’ awareness of the significant local needs,” Pace said.

The Dream Center Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry is located on Pinewood Drive in Beckley behind the Family Church of God Worship Center. The entire community is welcome to donate anything that they can to the food pantry to help families in need.
For more information contact Lori Pace at 304-763-5396 or via email at


This press release was written by Rachel Lyvetta Eastman, a student in Concord University’s Public Relations Workshop.