Feeding America Southwest Virginia to build new clean room for bulk food deliveries

New clean room to bring more food to more people in need

By Patricia Martellotti - Reporter

SALEM, Va. - They're calling it a dream come true.

“The project will provide the opportunity for us to get big containers of pasta, rice and cereal. Then we will re-bag that to go out to feed hungry families,” president and CEO Pamela Irvine, at Feeding America Southwest Virginia, said.

Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Roanoke Women's Foundation, one area of the facility will soon be converted into a clean room.

“The first thing it does is it provides more food which is really great,” senior vice president John Shoulders, at Feeding America Southwest Virginia, said.

The clean room is a facility that will receive bulk food items to be divided into smaller portions.

“The items are being transferred from one container to another. That requires gloves and it requires a room that we can wipe down from the ceiling to the walls to the floor.

Ultimately this new addition to the facility will provide more food, more nutrition, for more people.

Feeding America Southwest anticipates the project will be complete in the next few months.

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