Helping Franklin County Neighbors: Hunger Cannot Wait
The coronavirus pandemic has forced shutdowns and layoffs around our region, leaving many families, who were already struggling, at—or past– their breaking point.
That’s where United Way of Roanoke Valley has stepped in, to ensure all Franklin County residents have access to food, regardless of age or income.
Here are some of the ways donations made to United Way in Franklin County stay right here at home to help those who have found themselves in desperate situations:
- Working with volunteers, Public Safety, and NexHaul/Proline, United Way has created a mobile Soup Kitchen, visiting different areas of Franklin County and serving more than 200 citizens weekly with packed lunches, all made and distributed following social distancing protocols.
- We’re working to help food banks find the stock they need to meet the growing demand for food boxes, and coordinating volunteers and delivery drivers to get stock where it’s needed.
- From meal deliveries to grocery pickups, UWRV is working with our local government to make sure the needs of the elderly are met, from food delivery to grocery shopping, as part of the Senior Assistance Team.
- Community Giving Gardens are still growing, and we’re following health and safety requirements to move food from seed to table…by safely cultivating, sanitizing and distributing fresh produce to our region’s food banks.
- We’re facilitating the Farm Surplus Grant assisting vetted farmer who have produce to sell at Foothills Farm Auction. UWRV distributes these quality, seasonal items to local food banks.
Everyone should know where their next meal is coming from. To help us provide critical food supplies to our neighbors in need, please donate to United Way of Roanoke Valley’s Feeding Franklin County initiative here.