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Virginia Community Gets Boost From Church Food Donation

Mormons give 30,000 pounds of food

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently collected thousands of pounds of food to assist food banks in Virginia, reported The Roanoke Times on November 2, 2015. Salem’s mayor, a state senator and other dignitaries were in attendance at the Feeding America Southwest Virginia location in Salem, Virginia, where the Church provided 30,000 pounds of food.

Salem, Virginia Mayor Randy Foley (middle) joins local Church leaders with the food drive. (Photos courtesy Walker Nelms, Feeding America Southwest Virginia.)

“We are nearing crisis-shortages of food to help feed the region’s food insecure,” said Pamela Irvine, president and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia. "We are especially grateful for this large scale donation at this time from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

Irvine added, “Far too many of our neighbors, including children, are still having to go to bed hungry.”

"A donation of this size equals $28,000, and will provide over 25,000 meals" in our region, added Jenny Doud, vice president of external affairs for Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

The newspaper reported that Mormons donate to food banks across the country every year as part of the Day to Serve project.

Read the full story in The Roanoke Times.

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