Food Banks Call for Help


Mobile Food Pantry in Hurley, VA. This week on NPR, reporter Pam Fessler focused on the rising need at two Feeding America food banks, one in Southwestern Virginia, the other in Roanoke. The stories also looked at the need for fresh fruits and vegetables where the poor gather to receive food assistance. In her first story, broadcast on Morning Edition on May 22, she showed up at a mobile food pantry in the coal town of Hurley, Virginia. She reports that hunger is still rising in some rural counties, and food donations are not keeping up. Visit the page on

Photo: Volunteers distribute free food at the mobile pantry in Hurley, Va. Photo by Pam Fessler/NPR

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Roanoke Police Captain Rick Morrison The next day, Pam Fessler was in Roanoke, Virginia, where a community development block grant has helped the food bank acquire a building that can be used not only for food distribution, but also for programs that may help people become fully self-sufficient. She is introduced by David Greene. Visit the page on

Photo: Roanoke Police Captain Rick Morrison at the former nightclub, Ms. Choc’s Lounge, which will be turned into a Community Solutions Center. Photo by Pam Fessler/NPR

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