Holiday Food & Toy Distribution

The annual Holiday Food and Toy Distribution is in its 37th year of community outreach in 2018. The purpose of the Holiday Food and Toy Distribution is to provide needy families in Monongalia County with food and toys for the holiday season.  In 2017, the distribution served more than 550 families, comprising 1,900 individuals. Many families throughout Monongalia County would be deprived of the joys that most associate with the holidays without the efforts of everyone involved. 

This event is a true community collaboration.  Local radio station WCLG coordinates the food collection efforts each year.  Monongalia County Schools collect food through donations by children at area schools and the Postal Workers Association contributes food through their fall food drive held annually in November.  The Fourth Degree Assembly 1193 Knights of Columbus provide 5 lbs. bags of potatoes for each family.  Christian Help coordinates the collection, sorting, and distribution of toys to nearly 1,000 children and the Humane Society provides pet food and toys to more than 1,000 family pets.  Head Start, Early Head Start, and United Way are responsible for taking applications. United Way also coordinates overall event logistics and the volunteers for the distribution.  Each of these organizations, individual volunteers, and groups make this distribution a huge success!

To Apply for Assistance:

Registration will be at the Morgantown Public Library, 373 Spruce Street, Morgantown, WV 256505.

Registration Hours: 
October 10th - November 9th
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

November 14th, 15th, and 16th
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

You must bring a birth certificate, social security card, driver’s license or medical card for each family member

Applicants must be Monongalia County residents to receive food and toys.  Toy distribution is for children ages birth to 18 years.  (*In order to receive gifts, the children in the home must be actively enrolled in school.)

Distribution will be held on Thursday, December 13th.

To Volunteer:

On December 10th, 11th, and 12th, volunteers are needed to sort and bag donated food and organize toys in preparation for the distribution. It is on these days that a large portion of the effort behind the distribution takes place.  Volunteers will be on hand to show you how you can assist in the effort.  Any group or individual interested in helping should join us on these days.  The distribution of food and toys to families will take place on December 13th. Volunteers are also needed on this day to assist with the distribution.


If you questions about volunteering, please contact or by phone at (304) 322-2063.

To Donate:

If you are interested in making a financial contribution, please contact one of the following:

  • United Way at 304-296-7525 for food
  • Christian Help at 304-296-0221 for toys
  • Humane Society at 304-296-6247 for pet food  

Please give some of your time or resources this holiday season.  Join us in making the holidays brighter for children and families in our community.