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Volunteers with Feeding Southwest Virginia place food into the cars of families who have lined up around the parking lot of Gretna Middle School. 

The non-profit group Feeding Southwest Virginia is operating a food distribution event in the parking lot of Gretna Middle School today until 3 p.m. 

Dozens of cars have lined up in the parking lot of the school to receive boxes and bags of non-perishable food supplies, which together can make for a five-day supply. 

Eric Moon, principal of Gretna Middle School, said it was one of his faculty members who had the idea to contact Feeding Southwest Virginia, a group which has organized similar events in surrounding counties since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Since the virus hit, Gretna and other middle schools in the county have been operating food distribution events weekly from their cafeterias. 

"We get a lot of parents that call us actually, asking 'Is there any food available, anything I can get?' They're in need," Moon said. "So we hear about it a lot, so this is a greta opportunity to get something started in Gretna." 

The organization is prepared to feed around 400 families. 

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