"We lost our jobs and do not have any local family to help. Plus, food stamps are still pending. So this is a wonderful blessing."
"Me and my husband have a 2 year old and both have health problems. We appreciate all the help that we have gotten."
"I was working and was asking people to help the food bank with donations and now that I've lost my job, I'm here myself in need of help. Even I've donated myself in the past. I appreciate the food that I received and will always encourage others to help because you never know."
"My kids and I have been alone. I struggle to support me and my children. They do without a lot, but we have each other and that's what counts. Thank you and God bless you."
"The food bank has helped my family to get through a rough time. We are blessed to have the kind people here to help us. You never know when you'll need it. You are all in my prayers. Thank you. God bless."
"In a very bad time of need. The food bank was able to help my family with food. I have 3 kids and I do not want to see them go hungry."
"Out of work, have 4 grand-kids, need help to feed them."
Hunger is a serious issue that affects millions of people across the nation, including thousands in the Valley.
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank shared several paper plates that visitors had left notes of thanks, concern and hope after receiving a meal.
As part of Hunger Action Month, WHSV-TV3, Clear Channel Radio and Martin's Grocery stores will collect non-perishable food items on Friday, Sept. 16.
You can help fight hunger in the Valley by donating items at Martin's to Stuff the Truck or by sending a text message to 85944 to make a $10 donation to the food bank.
Take a look at a few of these plates from those who came into the food bank and help the Valley collect 30,000 pounds of food for struggling families in the community on Friday.
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