ROANOKE, Va. – Its been a tough year for Feeding America Southwest Virginia, when it comes to food supplies and delivery trucks.
At times, the nonprofit organization saw shelves empty out.
Restocking them became tougher after one of its delivery trucks broke down.
"We just simply could not repair it,” Pamela Irvine, president and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia, said.
In the midst of the crisis, Kroger gave the food bank a very big gift Friday morning.
“We are so excited to be here to donate this 26-foot refrigerator truck to Feeding America Southwest Virginia,” Allison McGee, corporate affairs manager of Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division, said.
“This is the single largest gift that Kroger has ever given us, which is awesome after all these years working together,” Irvine said.
The $133,000 truck is the first to be donated from the Kroger Foundation across the nation.
It is part of the company's new initiative, Zero Hunger Zero Waste.
“It’s probably one of the biggest gifts given to any food bank across the country,” Irvine said.