As hurricane Florence approaches the east coast of the United States, Feeding America Southwest Virginia is actively engaged in preparations for potential impacts in Southwest Virginia.
Efforts include inventorying supplies and keeping in close contact with partner organizations including the Red Cross, Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VAVOAD), the Federation of Virginia Food Banks and local shelters.
The food bank is also preparing for impacts to its own facilities, including its Salem and Abingdon warehouses and the Community Solutions Center in Northwest Roanoke.
“We face a unique and challenging situation,” said Feeding America Southwest Virginia CEO Pamela Irvine. “We must prepare ourselves and our facilities carefully so that we are ready to take action as quickly as possible to help our communities cope with the impacts of this dangerous storm.”
Other Feeding America network food banks, including Second Harvest of Northeast Tennessee, have also reached out to offer assistance.
FASWVA advises Southwest Virginians to stay tuned to local media, the food bank’s website, Facebook (@feedingamericaswva) and Twitter (@FASWVA) pages for information on services, volunteer needs and supply collections after the storm passes.