Katherine Walker of the Foundation announces donation of $50,000.
Foundation's Kandy Elliott addresses press conference.
The Roanoke Women's Foundation today awarded $50,000 to Feeding America Southwest Virginia to help keep the food coming. The foundation is a component of The Foundation of the Roanoke Valley. It is the latest large donation in a series from the foundation.
The former Food Bank has been a source of emergency food in the past, but with the uncertain economy that food has been required on a daily basis for many. More than 360,000 people in this region have been termed "food insecure." "We recognize food is medicine and the need to distribute nutritional food to the hungry is imperative," says Pam Irvine, president and CEO of Feeding America SW Virginia.
The Roanoke Women's Foundation Food Purchase Program offers affordable access to most of the items on the "needed" list. Past gifts from the Women's Foundation have provided 413,725 meals, valued at $292,008.
"The last three decades of service to this region has taught us that we cannot do our work without the support of community leaders like the Roanoke Women's Foundation and The Foundation for Roanoke," says Irvine.
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