ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke’s Local Environmental Agriculture Project (LEAP) hosted its first-ever Soup Swap Saturday to celebrate Leap Day, where all were welcome to sample a variety of homemade soups while showing off their own.
It stuck to its roots, bringing people together with food and helping tighten the West End community by making strangers into friends.
“We have all this going on over love of our community and ourselves,” said Amazetta Anderson, who organized the event.
She underscored the importance of celebrating the area’s diversity, especially with hot food on a cold day.
“We all, basically, are the same. So when we pool all that positive energy together, it makes for a strong community,” she said.
Ned Savage, who helped run the event, agreed.
He asked everyone to go around the room to introduce themselves and tell a bit about their dish, particularly if it had a deeper personal significance.
“Nothing builds community like food. People love to get together and break bread, so that’s what we’re here doing,” he said.
He said he was pleased with the turnout and – especially given the full table of food – considers the night a success.
“Who knows? If it goes well – it seems like it’s going well now – so maybe we’ll do it again,” he said.