I wrote a story about a food pantry making sure it can help

Photo by Kyle Green, Roanoke Times

Manna Ministries is run by Parkway Wesleyan Church and draws volunteers from across the Roanoke area. They have mastered the process of getting food from its shelves to homes in need. The problem Manna faces is getting enough food into that back room. With support from federal programs dwindling and demand for help rising, food pantries are trying to make sure they can provide food for all those in need.

My latest front page feature tells the story of a local food pantry that has seen an unsurprising increase in need. But that increasing need has come alongside uncertainty about how much help the non-profit food pantries can expect from typically steady government programs. To make sure all of the Roanoke Valley’s families in need are served, Manna Ministries is setting a course for self-reliance.

Read the whole story: Manna Ministries fills greater need than ever