ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Feeding America Southwest Virginia opened the Community Solutions Center in Roanoke almost a year ago.
And it's already making a positive difference on Melrose Avenue.
The organization invited supporters to take a closer look during an open house on Wednesday.
The kitchen prepares about 500 meals a day for after-school and summer programs.
And 10 people have completed the center's culinary arts program.
Connie Smith is a graduate, now employed as the Kitchen Assistant Manager.
"For me, it's given me something to look forward to in my future, you know, and have a better life for my kids," Smith told WDBJ7.
Two classes have graduated from the culinary arts program so far, and the center hopes to train about 40 students per year.