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Radford University (Radford site)

The eighth annual Radford Gives Back is hosting a food collection for the Bobcat Backpacks Program on the Radford University campus.

CEREMONY: Wednesday, September 27, 5 p.m.  Student Recreation & Wellness Center MAC court (lower level)

Don't miss the annual ceremony, backpacking and community photo!

Student Recreation & Wellness Center first floor classroom.

  • Tuesday, September 26,  3 - 6 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, September 27, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


  • Chunky soup
  • Canned veggies 
  • Canned fruit
  • Beanie weenies 
  • Ravioli or spaghettiOs
  • Peanut butter (16-18 oz.)
  • Granola bars
  • Boxed mac ‘n cheese
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Oatmeal packets

Radford University Carilion (Roanoke site)

RUC in Roanoke is hosting its fourth annual donation drive in support of Feeding Southwest Virginia.


September 15- 25. We will have bins located in the Highlander House. All donations must be in by Monday September 25, 2023.

Requested Donations: (No glass, please! Glass items can chip and break easily in the boxes.)

  • Canned Soup
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Meats
  • Canned Fruit
  • Macaroni & Cheese/Pastas
  • Canned Vegetables/Dry Beans
  • Rice
  • Dried Fruit
  • Cereal


Tuesday, September 26th, 1pm - 4pm

Volunteers will do Quality Assurance with Feeding Southwest Virginia. This includes evaluating donated food prodcuts by insepecting and sorting packaged food products to control for such issues as shelf life, dented cans, crushed boxes, adn other superficially damaged food. 

Volunteers will receive a shirt to wear during the shift and can sign up here:


About Radford Gives Back

Bobcat Backpacks Program is a local non-profit organization that provides food insecure Radford City Public School children with food for the weekends.  Radford Gives Back provides 20% of the annual food needs for the Bobcat Backpacks Program. Over the years, the drive has become one of the University’s largest community outreach projects, as well as a proud and longstanding tradition.

The Roanoke Rescue Mission has been a place of refuge, healing, and transformation since 1948. Through emergency services as well as in-depth programs that nourish the mind, body, and spirit, dedicated staff and volunteers extend the compassion of Christ to our neighbors in need.


2023: Eight Years of Giving Back