The mothers, the millennials, and the mavens. Changing our communities.
This is our seventh annual unveiling of 50 amazing women who are raising the bar in their communities, serving as beacons of light in their industries, and forcing change for the greater good. Meet this West Virginia Wonder Woman, Sherrie Taylor, and many more that are creating a better West Virginia with their can-do attitudes and Mountain State spirit.
Feeding the Vulnerable
Sherrie Taylor spends her days behind the wheel of her hybrid farmers market–food pantry. She takes the food to the state’s most vulnerable residents and says the suffering from hunger and poverty in the state is immense. She believes that West Virginia residents shouldn’t have to struggle to eat. This is what drives her—to make an impact in the state’s food deserts and directly in people’s lives. Many of her customers can’t travel for food. Many of her customers are housebound.
To help, Taylor aggregates food from her own Thankful Valley Farms and Hatchery and 16 other farms in southern West Virginia. She delivers 8,000 pounds of food each week to points in Fayette, Kanawha, Mason, and Putnam counties. Her trailer is always empty on the return, and her connections with customers are about much more than the food she brings.
She tries to impact lives in any way she can, from helping customers without access to clean water to teaching kids healthy eating habits she hopes will take root. “I’ve never been hungry,” Taylor says. “I don’t know what that feels like. I give, and I don’t have to give. But I know that I can be the difference, so I am.”