Major gift from Kroger provides new truck for food bank

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ROANOKE CO., Va. (WDBJ7) When you're feeding thousands of people in western Virginia, four wheels are needed along with the food.

Friday morning, Feeding America Southwest Virginia unveiled its newest gift from Kroger: a 26-foot refrigerated truck.

The vehicle is a much-needed replacement for another vehicle that broke down earlier this year.

"Without this truck we're not going to be able to pick the food up that donors want to give us," said Feeding America Southwest Virginia CEO Pamela Irvine. "And if we don't get the food when donors call, then they won't call us again. "

Kroger provided more than $130,000 for the new vehicle, the largest single gift the grocery chain has provided to the local food bank.

Allison McGee is the Corporate Affairs Manager for Kroger Mid-Atlantic.

"We are just so thrilled to partner with them in the fight against hunger," McGee said in an interview, "and to help them further their mission to help families put food on the table every single day."