ROANOKE, Va (WFXR) — Feeding Southwest Virginia held a special event to combat food insecurity in the Roanoke Valley. The non-profit partnered with Food Lion Feeds to host a free kids farmers market.

Feeding Southwest Virginia came up with the idea and decided to help the part of the community that needs food the most…. kids.

Each child that came through was given slips of paper representing money, which they were able to use to pick out fresh produce. Organizers say doing this allows kids to practice counting and decision making.

Adam Bass from Food Lion Feeds says that they have a similar mission to Feeding Southwest Virginia– that no one should have to make major sacrifices to be able to put food on the table.

“We don’t believe anyone should go without dinner, an have to choose between gas and groceries. So, we are helping hunger insecurities inside of these communities that need it,” said Bass.

Feeding Southwest Virginia adds that produce is often not accessible to people who are facing hunger insecurities– saying they often prioritize protein and grains which makes the farmer’s market is a great way to get kids some extra fruits and vegetables.

If you or someone you know needs help getting food on the table, Feeding Southwest Virginia will have its mobile food pantry available over the next few weeks. Click here to see a schedule on the Feeding Southwest Virginia Website.