The following is a press release 


Feeding Southwest Virginia presents gift cards to Alleghany Highlands and Covington School Systems through a generous donation from both Kroger and Food Lion.

(Salem, VA) March 25, 2020 – On March 26 at 9am in front of Covington High School, Feeding Southwest Virginia will present Alleghany Highlands and Covington School Systems each with 900 gift cards generously donated by Kroger and Food Lion. The gift cards are designed to supplement the school systems feeding program during the COVID 19 school closings and help the families not just the children.  Eligible families will receive 1 gift card per child to assist with food or other grocery needs. Feeding Southwest Virginia is working with the two school systems to determine eligibility of families. 

Kroger and Food Lion each donated 900 gift cards that total $40,000.  Pamela Irvine, President and CEO of Feeding Southwest Virginia and representatives from both Kroger and Food Lion will present this donation to Violet Paxton and Brenda Perkins who are Nutrition Supervisors for the school systems

We are excited to work with both Alleghany Highlands School System and Covington School System in this first time and unique partnership.  We are so grateful to both Kroger and Food Lion for seeing the food insecurity in this area and stepping up to help.

[Pamela Irvine Quote]

Feeding Southwest Virginia:

Feeding Southwest Virginia was founded in 1981 and proudly commemorates 38 years of fighting hunger and changing lives through community partnerships. The Food Bank is an affiliate member of Feeding America.  For the last three and a half decades, the Food Bank’s ultimate mission has remained the same: eliminate hunger in the region. The primary function of the Food Bank is to secure and distribute large quantities of food for the hungry. Approximately $33 million worth of food and grocery related products are channeled annually through a network of more than 350 partner feeding programs in our 26-county, 9-city region that provide food or meals to those in need. Visit for more information or like us on Facebook.

Contact:     Pamela Irvine, CEO for the Feeding Southwest Virginia, 540-521-6217