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Area Food Bank Service Among Recipients of $100,000 in Community Foundation Serving Southwest Virginia Grants | Latest titles

The Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia awarded $100,000 of a private foundation grant to three nonprofit social service organizations in the Roanoke Valley area.

Feeding Southwest Virginia (FSV) received $20,000 to support the Community Solutions Center (CSC) meal production training program. FSV, the region’s largest charitable food relief provider, supports food banks in Martinsville and Henry County.

The meal production training program tackles poverty through a two-pronged approach. The first approach aims to feed those who are hungry now, by having students in the program prepare hundreds of nutritious meals a weekday for underserved children. The second approach fights hunger and poverty by training the workforce. Mature students enrolled in the program learn valuable practical skills in catering and cooking.

“Feeding Southwest Virginia is grateful for this generous grant from the Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia. It will support our Northwest Roanoke Community Solutions Center to equip adult students for the workforce and help provide thousands of fresh meals for children,” said Pamela Irvine, CEO of Feeding Southwest Virginia, in A press release.

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The Franklin County Free Clinic (FCFC) received $40,000 to support its Medicaid expansion initiative. FCFC provides basic medical care such as physical exams, diagnostic tests, treatment plans, referrals, wellness screenings, women’s wellness, health education, and medications on prescription to adults in the Franklin County area who are below 300% of the federal poverty guidelines and have no or limited access to insurance.

About 9,000 people in Franklin County are currently eligible for Medicaid, far exceeding the capacity of local doctor’s offices. Grant support will help cover the start-up costs of the FCFC’s Medicaid expansion initiative and the addition of 2 new part-time staff to handle increased patient numbers.

“The Franklin County Free Clinic appreciates the support of the Community Foundation. This particular grant was a surprise and a blessing. The funding will allow us to provide Medicaid services to up to 300 new patients,” Franklin County Free Clinic executive director Ellen Holland said in the statement.

Family Service of Roanoke Valley received $40,000 to support the Strengthen Youth Opportunity for Success (SYOC) program. Family Service of Roanoke Valley provides a variety of mental health services to individuals and families, regardless of age or financial situation. Its youth programs serve more than 500 children in Roanoke City schools and community after-school centers.

Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia has been providing personalized philanthropic services to donors for decades. The Community Foundation holds nearly $120 million in charitable assets, includes more than 360 permanent (and growing) endowment funds, and has awarded more than $60 million in grants to community institutions since its inception. To learn more about the Community Foundation, visit or call 540-985-0204.