Things are hard in McDowell County, West Virginia. But Linda McKinney is trying to change that.
But recently she got a big surprise from a Hollywood celebrity.
Mike Rowe, who you may know from TV show “Dirty Jobs,” took his other TV show, “Returning The Favor” to Welch.
In the episode, a producer explains the food pantry needs a new roof or it’s at risk of being shuttered. No problem: Rowe calls in “The Woman Roofers” and some local contractors to take on the job. (They were featured on a previous episode.)
That new roof, by the way, is a $70,000 or $80,000 job, Rowe says.
Not only that, but they arranged for a massive donation of $30,000 worth of groceries from Kroger.
Last year, McKinney said, the food pantry fed 15,000 people–in a county of 19,000.
The reality TV show, which airs on Facebook Watch, criss-crosses the country looking for do-gooders. Now in its second season, they’ve travelled everywhere from California to North Carolina.