UPS celebrates anniversary with food bank gift

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) UPS is celebrating more than a century of service, and here in the Roanoke Valley that now includes Saturday delivery.

The company is adding Saturday delivery in the major metro areas of Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. And the service started here three weeks ago.

Doug Layman is the Engineering Manager for the UPS Mid-Atlantic District.

"We started in Pittsburgh this year. Then we're moving into Harrisburg. We'll move into Virginia Beach, Tidewater, Richmond and Roanoke," Layman told reporters. "So we'll be looking at the start with the major metropolitan areas this year and then we'll move into some of the smaller MSAs in 2018."

UPS is 110 years old and on Tuesday morning, the company presented a check for $10,000 to Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

The money will help the food bank upgrade software it uses to manage its 7500 volunteers.

Pamela Irvine is the CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

"Because of our 7500 volunteers, for every dollar we can provide seven dollars worth of food," Irvine said, "so that's a great return on investment isn't it."

6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte took part in the ceremony and said he is a longtime supporter of the food bank.

"The most important thing they do," Goodlatte said , " is help families make ends meet," Goodlatte said. "And food banks like Feeding America Southwest Virginia are not just a government handout."