LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Madison Heights resident Dinah Anderson has been receiving food from Red Truck Ministry since it began four years ago.
“This helps me out. I’m a single person, and I try to work as much as I can, but this food helps me to have the nourishment that I need.”
The food pickups on the 600 block of Fifth Street also give Anderson a sense of community.
“It’s the love that I have for these people that do this with this red truck. I know them, and they know me.”
“Now sometimes I can’t stand,” said Anderson, who uses a cane, “and they bring my stuff and put it in the car. And I’m so thankful for that.”
Red Truck Ministry distributes free food to people and families in need in Lynchburg who live in food deserts, where accessing fresh groceries is difficult.
The company BWXT donated $25,000 on Wednesday, April 21 to help them continue to feed hundreds of people each week.
The money will help buy a walk-in freezer and fridge to store more meat and fresh fruits and veggies.
“We saw this as a great opportunity for us to give back,” said Rick Loving, CEO of BWXT. “And really what you see here today, these are the folks that have made this happen.”
Volunteer Robert Putt says they currently feed about 250 people weekly.
“It’s going to probably quadruple the ability to meet the needs of our folks in this community.”
“If you need help, don’t be ashamed,” said Anderson. “God loves all of us.”
A link to Red Truck Ministry can be found here.