Feeding America Southwest Virginia Food Truck Fest starts Friday, all proceeds benefit food bank

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The 3rd annual Feeding America Southwest Virginia Food Truck Fest starts Friday, and officials say the one-day event helps the food bank year-round.

“We’re really lucky because we have a lot of connections and resources we can use to procure food and prepare meals,” said Amanda Allen, communications director for Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

“So whenever there’s a dollar donated to us, that helps provides six meals for the hungry.”

Allen says the proceeds raised by Friday night’s event will go towards feeding programs throughout the year, including summer feeding and school year feeding programs for kids.

One in eight people and one in six kids face hunger in Southwest Virginia, and Allen says kids are more likely to face hunger if they’re under the age of 18.

“That’s something we really don’t like to think about is that our kids,” said Allen.

“They’re growing, they’re learning and if they don’t have the physical resources they need to grow up and big and strong and smart. That’s our future right there.”

Friday’s night Food Truck Fest starts at 6 p.m. at the Vinton Farmer’s Market. Tickets are $5 and kids under the age of 12 are free.

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