United Way looking at local food, child care and other needs

Feeding Southwest Virginia is one of dozens of partner organizations stepping up efforts

United Way working to find childcare solutions during coronavirus concerns
United Way working to find childcare solutions during coronavirus concerns

ROANOKE, Va. – From food to child care, the needs for people all over Virginia are increasing as coronavirus dangers unfold.

The United Way of Roanoke Valley staff members are working to coordinate with other groups and get people connected with resources, all in order to minimize the impact this disruption is having on the community.

Staff members volunteered Tuesday at Feeding Southwest Virginia, which is working to help feed more people all over our region. It needs more volunteers and donations to add to what school districts are doing.

“The school systems are doing a great job throughout the commonwealth but there are afternoon meals and weekend meals that are needed as well,” President Pamela Irvine said.

Staff members want to add nine to 12 additional sites and they could start distributing in the next two days at the Community Solutions Center on Melrose Avenue in Roanoke.

FSWVA is one of the dozens of groups the United Way is in communication with.

President Abby Hamilton and her staff are trying to find gaps in coverage.

United Way president Abby Hamilton shows 10 News reporter Tommy Lopez how the organization is working to help local families. (WSLS)