Helper Allen Cross holding a flat of bread.

Food Program

The Food Pantry provides a week’s worth of groceries to people in need who live in Salem, Vinton, and Roanoke County. Most clients are eligible to come in every 30 days. We provide a nutritional balance of meats, fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates and dairy to families who are referred to us by government agencies, medical facilities, schools and churches.

  • 34% are children
  • 15% are seniors
  • 86% come from working households


Food Assistance in 2016:
Number of Clients served 14,167
Number of food orders 5,536
Number of Seniors 2,204 (15%)
Number of Children 4,636 (33%)
Value of food served $564,993.32
Value of food donated by local churches, businesses, non-profits, civic groups, schools and individuals  $303,572.06 ($3.14 per lbs)
Amount of food donated by community in pounds 96,679


Food Needs:

Canned Vegetables, Crackers, Boxed Cereal, Canned Fruit, Juice, Macaroni and Cheese, Dry Potatoes, Canned Pasta, Rice, Canned Tuna, Jell-O, Spaghetti Sauce, Dry Pasta, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Canned Tomatoes, Bath Tissue, Bar Soap