Feeding America Southwest Virginia has announced the final phase of a $1.4 million campaign for the food bank’s new program facility in Northwest Roanoke – the Food Lion Feeds/Feeding America Southwest Virginia Community Solutions Center.
Plans to establish and renovate the Community Solutions Center were announced in May 2017 with $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding from the City of Roanoke and a $350,000 gift and commitment from Food Lion Feeds. In addition, corporations, businesses and individuals have come forward to support the effort. In all, 73 percent of the goal for the $1.4 million project has been reached.
The food bank is now appealing to the public to help close the $350,000 gap. Those remaining funds will provide for the last phase of renovations, culinary student scholarships, equipment, furniture and start-up staffing and program costs.
The Community Solutions Center, a 4,236 square foot building, is located at 2328 Melrose Avenue in Roanoke. When completed it will provide nutritious meals for food-insecure children and adults as well as offer food preparation job training and food safety management certifications for individuals. The Center will also include a full training and production kitchen, offices, a market area, a community room and space for community meetings and Roanoke police outreach programs.