I’ve been thinking about the meaning of community and the food bank’s mission as we prepare our annual report Impact: 2017.
Community is all around us. We create and are created by communities. And for Feeding America Southwest Virginia, we are called to nourish communities and help stabilize the lives of the clients we serve.
If you made a gift this year, you sustained thousands of families with grocery staples on the Mobile Food Pantry in far Southwest Virginia counties weathering a changing economy. You helped fire up the stoves in the Harvest Home Community Kitchen at our Abingdon facility, serving more than 300 hot meals three days a week. Your support provided training and supplies for partner programs like God’s Storehouse in Danville where 1 in every 5 people faces hunger and nutritional deficiency.
Roanoke public schools see a need so deep that they just announced all students automatically qualify for free meals at 24 out of 26 schools. Your charitable giving fed many of these same Roanoke children all summer through the Café-to-Grow kids food truck and prepared over 600 meals a day at the Community Solutions Center.
I invite you to read Impact: 2017 and see what a difference your support makes across 26 counties and 9 cities.
Thank you for your commitment to local community. You fuel the food bank’s mission of feeding Southwest Virginia’s hungry.