Public officials volunteer at Salem food bank

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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7) Local, state, and national elected leaders answered the call to volunteer Wednesday morning at a food bank in Salem.

The leaders gathered as part of Feeding America Southwest Virginia 7th annual volunteer day for elected officials.

Organizers say the volunteer day is a way to remind the community more than 154,000 people don't have enough to eat on a regular basis in our region.

"I want the average member of this community to understand how much a difference they can make by being out here and helping you, contributing, and also donating their own food," said District 6 U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte.

The group spent the morning bagging cabbage.

"Some folks do financial contributions, some folks show up for events like this, others can give food at their local grocery store, or if you have the means, write that big check, that helps too," said 9th District U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith.

After bagging cabbage, the elected leaders handed out lunch bags at two schools in Roanoke.