NEW CASTLE, Va. – A church parking lot turned into a grocery store on Wednesday, as the work to feed those in need goes mobile.
“Do they spend money on transportation or medicine or food?” said Pamela Irvine, president and CEO of Feeding Southwest Virginia.
The food bank is trying to make those tough decisions a little easier with its newest program, the Mobile Marketplace.
Two trucks stocked with groceries will head out to already-established food distribution sites and set up markets, focusing on underserved, rural areas where there are not many grocery stores.
“Of course, in a small town like this, there’s definitely limited access to public transportation,” said Sheldon Cosma, the senior minister at New Castle Christian Church. “We’re not far from the Roanoke community, but far enough that you’re traversing over mountains and stuff to get there.”
It’s not only about access, but affordability. The Mobile Marketplace offers all kinds of food at discounted, very reasonable prices that are often difficult to find in stores.
“Unemployment numbers are high. Food insecurity in this community is high and will continue to be,” said Irvine.