Neighbors in Need

Providing Life’s Basic Necessities

Neighbors in Need fund and Micah’s Program helps us fill in the gaps for seniors and fulfill immediate needs such as food, shelter, health care, personal supplies, pet supplies, and emergency assistance.

Micah’s Program

Micah’s Program is an integral part of Neighbors in Need. Since 2012, the Warm Hearth Foundation, in partnership with St. Michael Lutheran Church (Blacksburg, Va), started a program to help combat food insecurity on our campus. Originally starting as Micah’s Backpack for school-aged children, St. Michael Lutheran Church expanded its efforts to fight hunger issues in our senior communities.

The expanded program, Micah’s Soup for Seniors, grew to serve 100 households in a matter of months. The program instantly started giving back to our community members in need and has since inspired us to look for opportunities to address and meet additional challenges facing our residents.

Since 2012, our Micah’s Program has grown to include:

Micah’s Garden

Provides fresh produce to our seniors and community, while promoting nutritional dietary options throughout the year.

Micah’s Personal Care Items

Provides access to items such as soap, laundry detergent, deodorant, toilet paper, incontinence products, and more.

Micah’s Pets

Helps residents keep their pets, resulting in numerous proven health benefits in addition to promoting exercise and socialization for pet owners.

Micah’s Meals

Provides hot, prepared meals once a month. Meals are made with excess ingredients from both Warm Hearth’s kitchens and the Virginia Tech Campus Kitchen (VTCK). This program and partnership with VTCK not only provides a no-cost meal to our low-income seniors but also reduces food waste and promotes sustainability in both kitchens.

Micah’s Pantry

Provides additional monthly food delivery to qualifying residents in our Trolinger and New River House apartments in partnership with Feeding Southwest Virginia. This new initiative also increased the distribution of shelf-stable grocery items and fresh produce to our neighbors.

Micah’s Helping Hands

Support Micah’s Personal Care Items program. Micah's Helping Hands is a resident-driven program led by Joan Hansler, Nancy Felch, and Lou Talbutt, residents in our WoodsEdge neighborhood, this ongoing collection of supplies helps support the needs of our low-income residents.

Get Involved

To learn more about our Neighbors in Need Fund and Micah's Programs, please contact below!

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