Kroger Donates 200 Thanksgiving Dinners

By Poindexter, JoAnne | The Roanoke Times (Roanoke, VA), November 28, 2014 | Go to article overview

Kroger Donates 200 Thanksgiving Dinners


Poindexter, JoAnne, The Roanoke Times (Roanoke, VA)


On Thursday, 200 Roanoke Valley families had a "more meaningful holiday," complete with Thanksgiving dinner, thanks to a Kroger donation to Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

Cars filled the parking lot at Feeding America's Salem office Tuesday as residents, who were selected based on need, picked up frozen turkeys and all the trimmings to prepare their Thanksgiving meal: stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, potatoes, dinner rolls and pumpkin pies.

Volunteers from Kroger earlier joined Feeding America staff in assembling packages in reusable shopping bags also donated by the grocery chain. Walker Nelms, marketing and communications coordinator for the food bank, estimated that each meal would feed four to six people.

"We are grateful for Kroger's leadership in providing meals to people who may otherwise go hungry on this special holiday," Pamela Irvine, CEO of Feeding America, said Tuesday. "Kroger's generosity will make a more meaningful holiday for 200 families in the Roanoke Valley."

Kroger also presented Feeding America Southwest Virginia with a $50,000 check that included donations from Kroger customers. Every month the food chain sends about five truckloads of non-perishable goods to the food bank.

"Kroger is a proud partner of the food bank, and we support their efforts all year long to help feed the hungry in Southwest Virginia," said Carl York, spokesman for Kroger's Mid-Atlantic region. "We are particularly mindful of those in need at holiday time."

Feeding America Southwest Virginia serves 26 counties, distributing more than 20 million pounds of food annually to nearly 400 soup kitchens, rescue missions and food pantries.

Women's foundation awards

more than $300,000 in grants

The Roanoke Women's Foundation, celebrating its 10th year, has awarded $302,000 to six organizations. The women's foundation is a component fund of Foundation for Roanoke Valley and made its largest donation of grants in mid-November, bringing the total of grants funded since the organization's inception to nearly $2.1 million.

"There can be no doubt that the work of The Roanoke Women's Foundation has had a notable impact in our community," said Kandy Elliott, co-founder of the organization that has 151 members.

Elliott and co-founder Ginny Jarrett established the foundation as a way for women in Roanoke and surrounding communities to pool their philanthropic goals and resources.

RWF has funded 41 organizations and programs since it began. This year, 38 organizations applied for funding. The six recipients are:

LEAP for Local Food: $100,000 to complete the LEAP Community Kitchen at the new West End Village on Patterson Avenue. The kitchen is the first of its kind in Virginia and will be located within Freedom First's West End branch, adjacent to the West End Farmer's market and next door to the West End Center. …

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