Spearheaded by resident Denzel Hammer, a Blue Ridge Community on Lakeland in the Rainbow Forest area has donated over $800 worth of food to the needy right here in Botetourt County. Aided by his granddaughter RMMS student Ali Crawford, the family came to action. Said Hammer, “We were afraid all of the assistance going to the victims of Hurricane Sandy might impact the needy here in our county and at the Thanksgiving Holiday. The neighbors donated money and it was matched by an anonymous donor.”
Hammer and his granddaughters, also Abby Crawford an LBHS student, and his wife Ruth arrived at the food pantry on the morning of Nov. 10 wherer some 70 families had already come to the pantry on that morning. The Botetourt Food Pantry serves hundreds every month, many are elderly or living on fixed incomes while others have lost jobs or work at minimum wage.
The family unloaded almost 500 cans of food. After receiving a needs list from the staff of the pantry that is located in Fincastle at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the family was off to spend the rest of the money at Sams Club. They plan to return the food this week to help re-fill the shelves of the organization.
The Botetourt Food Pantry is open on Saturdays from 9:30- 12. To make food or cash donations contact the SMEC church office Monday -Thursday prior to noon at (540) 473-2370.