Roanoke – Feeding America Southwest Virginia has received an additional $5,000 in funding as a BB&T Lighthouse Project Spirit Award recipient.
Feeding America Southwest Virginia teamed up with volunteers from BB&T Valley Region to help feed summer meals to children through the food bank’s new Café to Grow foodie truck. In addition to prepping and serving meals to kids at three sites in Roanoke City, BB&T also donated disposable containers and utensils.
The BB&T Lighthouse Project is a community service effort where associates partner with local nonprofits to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Project ideas are submitted by associates based on the overall needs of the community. Approved projects receive funding and time away from the office to complete the hands-on outreach. At the close of each year’s campaign, six exceptional projects are identified as Spirit Award recipients for going above and beyond to meet the needs of the community. Those chosen receive an additional $5,000 donation to further support the great work they do on a daily basis in the community. Three Spirit Awards is chosen by an online vote, and three are chosen by BB&T’s Executive Management team.
“Feeding America Southwest Virginia is delighted to receive this generous award from our friends at BB&T,” said Pamela Irvine, president and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia. “Their donation of supplies and volunteers means that hungry children in Roanoke had meals to eat served by smiling faces. This additional award will continue BB&T’s impact on fighting hunger in our local community and inspire other corporations to join our collaborative partnership efforts to provide the resources necessary to solve childhood hunger.”
Feeding America Southwest Virginia and BB&T encourage everyone to find ways to give back to deserving nonprofit organizations in their communities. Interested volunteers may contact Feeding America Southwest Virginia via their website at www.faswva.org/volunteer or by calling 540.342.2011.
“Our team was so honored to work alongside the people at Feeding America Southwest Virginia,” said Janet Morrison, Area Operations Officer Consultant. “They do such important work in our community. We’re even more excited that they’ve been chosen as a Spirit Award recipient and can receive additional funding from BB&T.”
Since the inception of the BB&T Lighthouse Project in 2009, BB&T associates have completed more than 9,000 community service projects, donated more than 475,000 hours in volunteer service and touched the lives of more than 13 million people. Associates overwhelmingly voted to bring back the initiative this year. For more information about the Lighthouse Project, go to BBT.com/bbt/lighthouseproject/.