The man behind the meals at the Roanoke Rescue Mission

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — It takes a lot of planning to prepare for the Thanksgiving feast at the Rescue Mission of Roanoke, especially during a pandemic.

“Getting everything ready has taken a little over a week. So we started prepping everything last Tuesday of last week,” said Food Service Manager Solomon Viera.

Approximately 600 meals are prepared in the Rescue Mission’s kitchen. However, it’s not just the ingredients that make the meal so special… it’s the thought behind them.

“It’s something that I want to make sure that people get,” said Viera.

Viera has been working at the Rescue Mission for four years, and since the start of his career, he has created meals for everyone to enjoy.

“It’s hard to come here and not have something to eat. Especially if you are a vegetarian or a vegan, because not a lot of places will do that,” Viera said.

Viera is not only proud of the meals, but the family tradition he is keeping by working at the Rescue Mission.

“They are always really proud of me, is the easiest way to say it,” said Viera.

According to Viera, he considers it an honor to serve those meals.

“It’s just a blessing seeing people having something to eat. Being able to feed those people who are ignored is a real blessing for me,” Viera said.

The last day of the Drumstick Dash is Monday, Nov. 30, so there is still time for you to sign up if you haven’t already.

To learn more about the race, visit You can also click here to register to walk or run the Dash or click here to donate to the Rescue Mission of Roanoke.

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