ROANOKE, Va. -

Hundreds of people will get the chance to sit down to a warm meal by Friday night.

Soup for Seniors is in full swing at the New Covenant Christian Church in Roanoke.

Organizers and volunteers spent the week packing red bags full of soup cans and crackers. The bags will then be delivered to senior citizens and other clients that the Local Office on Aging serves in Botetourt, Craig, Roanoke and Alleghany counties.

So far, they've packed about 1,200 bags, but they hope to have 3,000 by the weekend.

Organizers said the event is crucial to keeping people from going hungry in our area.

"Our demand for services has increased substantially because of the state of the economy so this soup means a big difference for someone who has to choose whether to heat their house or to eat,” said Aimee Lawson.

Lawson is the director of public relations at the Local Office on Aging and she said they are still in need of more soup cans.

You can drop donations off at surrounding Bank of America locations, Walgreens or New Covenant Christian Church off of Peters Creek Road in Roanoke.

The church will be open for donations at 9 am and will close at 6 pm. The group also needs volunteers to help pack the bags.