FASWVA welcomes new Community Solutions Center Director


SALEM, Va. (July 25, 2019) – Feeding America Southwest Virginia welcomes Cheryl Cobbs to the organization as the new Director of the Community Solutions Center (CSC) in Northwest Roanoke.

Cobbs’ background is a blend of community action, management, educational leadership and small business ownership, making her well suited to guiding the CSC’s programs and activities. Most recently, Cobbs served as the Community Program Developer for VA Cares, where she helped develop innovative re-entry programs for ex-offenders. Prior to her work with VA Cares, she spent 10 years as the director of a private k-12 day school in Franklin County for students with disabilities.

A longtime Northwest Roanoke resident, Cobbs says she’s excited to support the CSC’s mission to positively impact the surrounding community. “I live, work and worship in this community – it’s important to me,” she said. “I’m happy to play a role in the positive changes taking place. It’s really where my heart is!”

Cobbs will take the reins from Rick Morrison, FASWVA’s current Chief Impact Officer and a retired Roanoke Police Captain. A 29-year veteran of law enforcement, Morrison has become a sought-after community policing and leadership consultant and plans to continue that work through his company, Inspired Policing Solutions.

“Without Rick, the CSC simply wouldn’t exist,” said Pamela Irvine, FASWVA’s Chief Executive Officer. “His contributions to this project, to Northwest Roanoke, and to the success of our Culinary Arts students have been immeasurable. We’re going to miss him greatly, but wish him the absolute best.”

 

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About Feeding America Southwest Virginia

Feeding America Southwest Virginia was founded locally in 1981 and proudly commemorates 38 years of fighting hunger and changing lives through community partnerships. For the last three and a half decades, the Food Bank’s ultimate mission has remained the same: eliminate hunger in the region. The primary function of the Food Bank is to secure and distribute large quantities of food for Southwest Virginia’s hungry. Approximately $27 million worth of food and grocery related products are channeled annually through a network of more than 350 partner feeding programs in our 26-county, 9-city region that provide food or meals to those in need. The local Food Bank is an affiliate member of Feeding America.  Visit www.faswva.org for more information or like us on Facebook.