Feeding SWVA’s Community Solutions Center providing free meals for kids and much more

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – The Community Solutions Center of Feeding Southwest Virginia offers a lot more than just providing free meals for children in the Roanoke area.

They also provide education in the Culinary Arts and lessons in food safety practices. This was the Center’s main approach to helping their community when it opened in 2018. Moving forward, its operations shifted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We looked at the kitchen and we looked at the Culinary Arts Program and the hot meals for children going out of the center. There was never an intent to distribute food here on-site to children. COVID-19 changed that immediately when children were out of school we realized that additional resources were needed.”

Pamela Irvine – President and CEO / Feeding Southwest Virginia

The Community Solutions Center is also home to a new program, its Food Pharmacy, in partnership with area health providers helps those in need of healthy foods.

“We also have a Food Pharmacy here, which is actually a program that was set up to help people provide tailored food for medical challenges that they’re experiencing. Working with health care partners, diabetes, high blood pressure, and some other health challenges.”

Pamela Irvine – President and CEO / Feeding Southwest Virginia

With the health concerns brought by COVID-19, staying on top of cleanliness is a big factor for Feeding Southwest Virginia.

“We actually offer “ServSafe” as a part of our training program, and so we implement that here with the students in this setting. Our AmeriCorps Vista’s actually help each day cleaning, of course thoroughly. We clean before we get started, we clean at the end.”

Cheryl Mosley – Director / Feeding SWVA Community Solutions Center

For more information on Feeding SWVA and it’s Community Solutions Center, click here.

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