Meridian Waste Virginia, LLC, Blue Ridge in Christiansburg 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 FeedingAmerica.org, 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.
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 MeridianWaste.com/FillA40.
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