Feeding Southwest Virginia’s Community Solutions Center needs your help in collecting items for seniors in our area

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Roanoke, Va. (WFXR) — Feeding Southwest Virginia’s Community Solutions Center has been hard at work since March of 2020 to help with food insecurity in our region. 

In September of this year, the Community Solutions Center expanded its services to seniors through a senior food box program. Seniors of sixty years and older with a set low income receive a commodity supplemental food box once a month.

Amidst distributing the meals, Director of Community Solutions Center, Cheryl Mosley says she and her team recognized that our most vulnerable population is in need of more than just food.

“I talked to one of my seniors, who I actually deliver her food boxes to her because she doesn’t have access to transportation and just asking her, ‘what do you need?’ She said if I could get some silverware, some flat wear… just something as simple and basic as that we take for granted, she didn’t have in her household.”

Cheryl Mosley, Director of Community Solutions Center

Mosley says as they visited with more senior food box recipients they realized that many didn’t have the basic items to prepare or enjoy the very food in which they were given and that dexterity issues that come with aging made the use of certain kitchen equipment difficult.

“A lot of them have trouble with movement with their hands. A pull-off, pop-top lid on a can is difficult so they don’t even have an electric can opener that would able to help them with that, and so, in learning and talking with them and just listening, we’ve learned there’s a lot more that they need such as basic supplies: cookware, flat wear, utensils, even down to a butane burner that they could use in case the electricity goes out.”

Cheryl Mosley, Director of Community Solutions Center

At the start of the month, the Community Solutions Center started to take donations for these items. Currently, there are only three crockpots and two electric can openers, but they have fifty seniors they need to serve.

The center is calling on the community to donate new items by Tuesday, December 22nd. The center is open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday- Friday. Mosley says she is even willing to take the liberty of picking up donations from those that are unable to stop by the facility.

Drop offs can be made here: 2328 Melrose Ave NW, Roanoke, VA 24017

Please practice social distancing, wear a mask, and wait at the door to be helped.

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