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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How the Story of the 12 Baskets is Connected to SoSA’s Name

Matthew 14:16-21

But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.

2 Kings 4:42-44

[…]the man of God […] said, “Give them to the people that they may eat.” His attendant said, “What, will I set this before a hundred men?” But he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’” So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.