Feeding Southwest Virginia hosts pop-up food distribution in Botetourt

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BOTETOURT, Va. (WFXR) – Feeding Southwest Virginia hosted a pop-up mobile food pantry distribution at Lord Botetourt High School Friday afternoon.

During this pandemic, many have lost their jobs or seen a cut in pay making it harder to do things like feed their families. Feeding Southwest Virginia is working to help those families out with events like their pop-up mobile food pantries.

“Everyone is struggling and it’s time to come together as a community. So I’m here to show up,” said Leigh Remington.

Remington says a friend told her about the pop-up food distribution so she came to get her family some food.

“It’s invaluable. Everybody needs help right now. There’s no body in American who doesn’t need help right now,” said Remington.

People could drive up and get a food box from Feeding Southwest Virginia.

“We have 336 boxes of family food for four people. So it feeds a family of four for four days,” said Lisa Uhl with Feeding Southwest Virginia.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Feeding Southwest Virginia says they’ve seen and increase of food insecurity.

“Due to some unemployement rates. So we’re seeing a lot of new families. People who haven’t been food insercure before. So we want to make sure that they have family, food to feed their families and they feel better about where they are,” Uhl said.

Because of the increase, the group plans to have more pop up events.

“We’re trying to get out into the community, different communities in our 26 counties and have these pop-ups so we can reach as many people as possible,” Uhl said.

It’s an effort that many who stopped by said they appreciated.

For more information on Feeding Southwest Virginia and their pop-up events click here.

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