Feeding America Southwest Virginia, United Way of Roanoke Valley seek donations as families struggle with pandemic restrictions

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Courtesy of the coronavirus’ impact on families staying home to “self-quarantine,” the need for local food pantries to have their shelves full of food is greater than ever.

Pantries are ordering 30% more food than what they normally stock. At the same time, we currently have minimal food to distribute due to a reduction of donated food from vendors and cancelled delivery trucks. As a result, we are approaching a food crisis.”

Feeding America Southwest Virginia

Feeding America Southwest Virginia (FASWA) has Distribution Centers in Salem and Abingdon as well as a Community Solutions Center in Roanoke. They serve 26 counties as well as nine cities in the region.

FASWA provides 150 to 200 hot meals-to-go three days every week and has expanded to include pre-packaged meals for children in their Abingdon Distribution Center. They have also developed a drive-through model to keep clients safe and children and adults fed.

At their Salem facility, staff and volunteers have packed 4,000 emergency food boxes which will be distributed throughout their service area. Each box feeds a family of four for four days.

FASWA has also ordered two truckloads of emergency family food pre-packaged boxes.

They are planning to pack 1,100 Senior Boxes this week.

While they are certainly busy, they still need help.

FASWA remains dedicated to be on-call to address food shortages across the region. As more and more families find themselves down income from furloughs and layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are asking for donations to help keep their shelves stocked.

If you can help, you are strongly asked to donate. Simply click here to be taken to their pledge form.

Also, the United Way of Roanoke Valley is also asking for donations to support the stability of SWVA families both during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

United Way believes that people rise to the occasion of a crisis. We take care of one another and our community. This is one source of relief, as neighbors join together in support of vulnerable families. With all of our might, we are working to bring the best resources in care to our community during this time of crisis.”

Abby Hamilton, President & CEO of United Way of Roanoke Valley

The United Way of Roanoke Valley serves the cities of Roanoke and Salem as well as the counties of Botetourt, Craig and Roanoke along with the town of Vinton.

In response, the COVID-19 Community Response Fund has been established to expand their local capacity by addressing all aspects of the outbreak as well as its aftermath ass effectively and efficiently as possible.

If you are able to, visit their website to donate by credit card. You can also text UWRV to 85511. You can also mail a check, payable to United Way of Roanoke Valley at 325 Campbell Avenue SW, Roanoke, Va. 24016. Be sure to write COVID-19 Response on the memo line.

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