Feeding Southwest Virginia brings Mobile Food Pantry, Mobile Marketplace to Covington
COVINGTON, Va. (WFXR) – Families in the Alleghany Highlands have the option to stop by Friday by fueling the Mobile Food Pantry and Mobile Marketplace in Southwest Virginia in Covington.
Feeding Southwest Virginia reports that this Mobile Food Pantry and Mobile Marketplace distribution will be taking place at the Jackson River Sports Complex at 870 W Edgemont Drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 28.
“Mobile Food Pantry distributions were instituted by Feeding Southwest Virginia in March 2020 in response to COVID-19. The Mobile Marketplace is a new program, launched last month, that is designed to deliver affordable fresh food and access to SNAP benefits to underserved demographic groups and rural areas, ”Feeding Southwest Virginia said in a statement earlier this month. week. “Based on the data analysis, Alleghany was one of the 7 counties in our service region that we felt would benefit the most from this service.”
The organization says everyone qualifies for Friday’s free event.
The mobile pantry would provide participants with 500 emergency food boxes with enough shelf-life items to feed a family of four for three days. For those who meet the income qualification, the pantry will distribute additional food.
After the distribution of the pantry, community members receiving SNAP benefits can shop in the mobile market, which is not only convenient for rural communities, but also allows customers and customers to extend their benefits with more affordable prices, according to Feeding Southwest Virginia.
“We are always creating innovative ways to fight food insecurity in rural areas. This event will help provide community members with emergency food through the Mobile Food Pantry distribution and will provide a marketplace for people with SNAP benefits to purchase affordable fresh, non-perishable food, ”said Pamela Irvine, President and CEO of Feeding Southwest Virginia. “We are grateful for the support of the Town of Covington and the Covington Parks and Recreation Department for helping to make this happen and to the wonderful volunteers at Good News Fellowship Church for giving of their time that day for us. help distribute food.