Roanoke restaurant, Salem business team up to feed food-insecure families

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Several families across southwest Virginia struggle to put food on the table every day. During the coronavirus pandemic, it has grown harder.

That’s not stopping Salem Tools from teaming up with Roanoke restaurant Fortunato to make meals for families who are a part of the Child Health Investment Partnership (CHIP) of Roanoke Valley program.

According to CHIP, they serve 315 families and 440 children. The origination says any help they can get is appreciated.

WFXR spoke with the owner of Fortunato, who says while they are happy to provide meals to families in the area, this partnership is a blessing for the restaurant as well.

Due to the pandemic, like several local restaurants, Fortunato has faced many challenges to keep the doors open. 

With Salem Tools providing financial assistance, Fortunato can both pay their employees and whip up nutritious meals for food-insecure families.

“I know for many of the families they are having a difficult time putting food on the table. This is going to be special, because not dehydrated food that they can fix, but this is going to be a fancy meal for their family,” said Robin Haldiman, CEO of CHIP of Roanoke Valley.

Fortunato plans on preparing meals on Tuesday and Wednesday so CHIP can distribute meals on Thursday. Regular restaurant hours for takeout will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays.

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