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Sep 15, 2020
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September 15, 2020



- Meridian Waste to fill a 40-yard container with food for those in need - 


CHRISTIANSBURG, Va., (September 15, 2020) – Meridian Waste Virginia, LLC, a subsidiary of Meridian Waste, an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, is asking for the community’s help to feed those in need through stocking the food pantry at Agape Center in the New River Valley (NRV). The initiative coincides with National Civic Engagement Month and National Preparedness Month in September.


40 Yards to Feed the Community is a new project running from September 15 through November 30 to help fortify the reserves of the local food pantry and feed individuals and families. The measurement of a 40-yard roll off container from Meridian Waste can collect approximately 23,000-pounds of food or 19,000 meals. Through the recent and on-going consolidation of the area’s food pantries, the Agape Center of the NRV needs assistance with donations of non-perishable foods.


According to, due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), food insecurity which is a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life, will continue to rise across the nation. In the NRV, food insecurity is projected to rise by 4.7 percent compared to 2018, meaning 15.3 percent of local residents do not have enough to eat. 


“We live and work here and we’re dedicated to helping our neighbors,” said Meridian Waste Blue Ridge General Manager Ashleigh Garnes. “There is a need to stock the food pantry and feed our community. We want to increase awareness and opportunities to give back to the NRV. Our goal of 23,000 lbs. of food is a vast effort. However, we believe in the generosity of individuals and businesses for plentiful donations.”


The Agape Center NRV is part of a larger network of Agape Centers in Virginia. The first Agape Center was formed in Moneta, Va. in 2002. The nonprofit has grown from a simple food pantry and clothing closet to a large multifaceted ministry that serves approximately 3,000 individuals each month.


“We’ve been busy serving individuals and families while training volunteers,” said Agape Center NRV Executive Director Kim Bowman. “In August 2020, we combined the Spiritual Roots and Giving Tree food pantries. They are now under the Agape Center NRV. Just last month we served 246 families which total 967 individuals. However, the need continues to grow. We are in the process of changing over to a USDA pantry. The amount of USDA food a pantry receives is based in the previous six months client numbers. Because of our continual growth, this will create an additional shortage for several months. Donations from the larger community have been down considerably. We are very appreciative of this effort.”


Starting Tuesday, September 15, donations can be made at the Meridian Waste Blue Ridge location at 205 Scattergood Dr. NW in Christiansburg. Additional donation locations are added daily with community partners, businesses, and churches. For more information about 40 Yards to Feed the Community, donation drop-off locations, and additional details, visit


PHOTO 1: Graphic for the “40 Yards to Feed the Community” initiative.



Photo 2: The Meridian Waste donation site located outside of the Blue Ridge facility in Christiansburg. Pictured: Operations Specialist Justin Graves, Territory Manager Andrea Altis, and General Manager Ashleigh Garnes. 




About Meridian Waste 

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Meridian Waste is a company defined by its commitment to servicing its customers, caring for and engaging its employees, and generating financial value for its shareholders while delivering a clean and healthy community. The company’s core waste business is centered on residential, commercial, and industrial non-hazardous waste collection and disposal. Currently, the company operates in St. Louis, Mo., Richmond, Va., Blacksburg, Va., Augusta, Ga., Northeast Fla., Knoxville, Tenn., and Raleigh, N.C., servicing more than 96,651 residential, commercial, industrial and governmental customers. In addition to a fleet of commercial, residential, and roll off trucks, the company operates seven transfer stations/materials recycling facilities (MRFs), three municipal solid waste landfills, and three C&D landfills in which 810,325 tons of waste are safely disposed of annually. For more information, visit


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