Roanoke food bank granted thousands of dollars to stock up

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - With 50,000 extra dollars to their name, leaders of one local food bank say they'll now be able to do more to deliver healthy foods to families in need.

Feeding America Southwest Virginia is building a clean room at their headquarters with a grant from the Roanoke Women's Foundation.
Once the room is done, they'll be able to buy and handle bulk food items such as beans and grains.

Marketing Director Amanda Allen said they can repackage them and deliver them to local families. The grant will be able to provide for requirements to make the room safe for handling open containers of food.

"Pasta, rice, beans cereals - we can buy those things in you know hundreds of pound totes," she said, "and take them and transfer them into smaller containers which is what we would be doing with this clean room."

Because they've had so much help from volunteers, Allen said they'll have grant money leftover to begin buying in bulk.