Walter P Rawl & Sons Inc. is expanding its food contributions to help an Appalachian anti-poverty organization.

Rawl donates food to Appalachian food banksThe Pelion, S.C.-based Rawl is supporting the Rockin’ Appalachian Mom Project, a nonprofit organization that tries to fight poverty through nutrition in the Appalachian region.

In mid-December, Rawl donated 465 gift boxes of fresh greens and seasonal fruits and vegetables to the Homecoming Food Pantry in Inez, Ky., and to so needy school children RAMP identified through its backpack snack program. Rawl donated the food in the name of its customers as a way of Rawl’s thanking them for their support.

Though this is the third year the grower-shipper of leafy greens and vegetables is supporting RAMP, this year it began supporting RAMP’s backpack snack program. The backpack program gives healthy and nutritious foods to needy school children and Head Start program participants to send home to their families, according to a news release.

Without that program, many children would go without food on weekends and during vacations, according to Rawl officials.

“We are so grateful to WP Rawl for their continued support,” project founder Amy Guerrieri said in the release. “Their donations truly bring the warmth of the holiday season home to so many families in Martin County.  We couldn’t do the work that we do without the help of companies like WP Rawl, and these boxes of food will go far in helping these families have a much happier and healthier holiday season.”