Our Holiday Wishlist: Funds, Food, Time

The season of giving is here and at Feeding America Southwest Virginia and we’ve got three big wishes: funds, food and time.

You can make a difference in the life of someone who faces hunger in Southwest Virginia this holiday season – and you can do it in a variety of ways.

Gifts of Funds

In this “season of giving,” the financial support of our donors helps to provide meals, groceries and food boxes for families who wouldn’t otherwise have those basic necessities. We need to keep our warehouses stocked, meals prepared, and other services going through the long, cold winter months. Your support is critical to our mission.

Please consider making a gift to Feeding America Southwest Virginia this holiday season. Together, we make a greater impact on the lives of hunger families in our communities.

Gifts of Food

Donating food is a fun and easy way to help those in need this holiday season. You can donate as an individual, or recruit a group of family, friends, or coworkers and host a food drive! For more about what’s most need in our communities, click here.

For more information about setting up a food drive, click here.


Gifts of Time

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Feeding America Southwest Virginia. Without the thousands of volunteers who graciously donate their time each year, we couldn’t provide fresh meals to children, food boxes to seniors or any of our other services to clients throughout the region. Here’s how you can help (*click the title of each activity to view the volunteer sign-up calendar):

Pack Food Boxes for Low-Income Senior Citizens (Salem Warehouse)

  • Every 3rd Thursday and Friday of each month, we assemble 2000 boxes of non-perishable, shelf stable food for low-income seniors.  We do this in two shifts, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m.  We can accommodate groups of up to 30 people for either shift for this activity.

Prepare Fresh Meals for Children’s Programs (Community Solutions Center, Roanoke)

  • Every Monday through Friday we prepare hundreds of fresh meals at our Community Solutions Center (CSC) at 2328 Melrose Avenue, NW, to serve daily to food-insecure children in after school programs in Roanoke. Prior to the construction of the CSC kitchen, these children were receiving cold, shelf-stable snacks. Today, with your help, they have fresh meals after school each day. Volunteer hours are are: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Fridays. We can accommodate groups up to 12 for this activity.

Serve Fresh Meals on our Cafe to Grow Food Truck (Roanoke Valley Area)

  • On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays volunteers are needed to meet the Cafe to Grow food truck at various sites to assist with serving meals to children. We can accommodate groups up to 5 for this activity. Volunteer hours are as follows:
    • Tuesdays
      Stop 1: Preston Park School (3142 Preston Ave. NW, Roanoke). Volunteers needed from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.
    • Wednesdays
      Stop 1: Williamson Road Library (3837 Williamson Road NW, Roanoke). Volunteers needed from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
      Stop 2: Jackson Park Library (1101 Morningside St. SE, Roanoke). Volunteers needed from 4:15 to 5:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays
      Stop 1: Eureka Park (1529 Carroll Ave. NW, Roanoke) Volunteers needed from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.
      Stop 2: Boys & Girls Club (1714 9th Street SE, Roanoke). Volunteers needed from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

Repackage Bulk Food (Salem Warehouse) 

  • Bulk food items such as beans, rice, etc., are repacked into smaller bags (2 lbs. or more) to be redistributed. This is a family-friendly activity and youth under 16 may participant with a guardian.  Although shifts are available Tuesday – Friday 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 1 -4 p.m., arrangements can be made to volunteer after school for 2 hours. There must be at least 10 participants, so this is a great opportunity for youth groups, Boy/Girl Scout Troops, etc.

Sort Donated Food

Salem Warehouse

  • Every Tuesday through Friday, we sort food in our Salem warehouse for distribution.  We have two shifts daily 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. We can accommodate groups up to 20 on either shift for this activity.

Abingdon Warehouse

  • Every Monday through Friday, we sort food in our Abingdon warehouse for distribution from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We can accommodate groups of 25 for this activity.

Prepare Fresh Meals-to-Go in the Harvest Home Community Kitchen (Abingdon Warehouse)

  • Every Monday through Thursday, we prepare and serve fresh meals to go in our Harvest Home Community Kitchen in Abingdon. Volunteers may work at several stations such as Window Greeter, Serving Line Attendant, Meal Prepper, Donation Sorter, Salad Maker, Master Slicer/Dicer, Cooker, and Dish Washer. We can accommodate groups of 10 for this activity.

Assist with Mobile Food Pantry Distribution 

  • Dates/locations vary for this activity based on MFP distribution dates/times. Volunteers are needed to pack bags/boxes with perishable/non-perishable foods to directly hand out to those in need of food in designated areas where people may have a difficult time getting to a food source. We can typically accommodate groups of up to 25 volunteers for this activity. Visit our volunteer calendar to learn more about dates, times and locations for Mobile Food Pantry distributions.