MU tops all state universities in friendly food drive competition


A fun and friendly Marshall/WVU football competition before last month’s big game netted a Cross Lanes food pantry almost 2500 items and saw Marshall come out the winner.

Leading up to the game, the Tyler Mountain/Cross Lanes Community Services worked with several area churches and businesses to set up MU/WVU themed donation boxes, where fans could contribute food items in the name of their favorite teams. The final tally was MU 1469, WVU 841, and other teams 165, for a total of 2475 items.

“The big winners here were the TMCLCS food pantry and all those we serve,” said Vicki Ballenger, executive director of TMCLCS. “Our thanks to all who gave contributions.”

Using some grant funding and through the generosity of local churches, businesses, individuals and civic organizations, TMCLCS is able to help those in most need. According to their newsletter, “TMCLCS is a community based organization where those that ‘can help’ provide for those that ‘need help.’”