About Southwest Virginia

Just five hours from our nation’s capital, Americans live with poverty and hunger. People from the Appalachian region of Virginia are suffering from plant closings and a reduction in coal mining, with few other job opportunities. These economic struggles have increased the demand for food for local families. 

To combat this growing issue, Columbia and churches from Southwest Virginia are partnering together to increase food security in the region while being true to three core values:

  1. Christ centered
  2. Respecting the earth
  3. Honoring and empowering the individual



The network of churches addressing food security issues currently includes Columbia Baptist Church, Highlands Fellowship and First Baptist Church (FBC) of Radford, Va. Each church is considering creative ways to address the problem, from having community gardens to providing food through Community Supported Agriculture programs to working with organizations such as Angel Food Ministries.



Highlands Fellowship

HighlandsHighlands Fellowship will provide food through their garden, which includes an eco-friendly solar station and a biomass digester to create fuel from cow manure. Residents will also receive training in sustainable organic gardening methods to grow their own food, even in small spaces such as a patio or small deck.  


The goal is to make healthy, affordable food available for local residents - whether they receive it from the church's locally grown, organic garden or their own.

For more information about Highland Fellowship's food ministry, check out their blog.


FBC of Radford, Va.

RadfordFBC Radford is also reaching out to their community to address hunger needs by planting a a 40'x210' plot of potatoes, with a small area for cucumbers and/or squash. 


The goal of the Southwest Virginia partnership is to create affordable, sustainable food sources for communities throughout the region. As Columbia and its partners work together on ideas such as organizing a mobile farmers market, planting community gardens and partnering with local food pantries, will you join them to end hunger and give hope to the people of Southwest Virginia?

Get Involved

To learn more about volunteer opportunities in Southwest Virginia, fill out our volunteer form and someone from the Spend Yourself team will contact you soon!

Begin to gain a heart for the ministry by reading a devotional. For more information, contact:

Ken Vaughn
SW Virginia Co-Lay Leader
Amy McMillen
SW Virginia Co-Lay Leader
Nancy Walker
SW Virginia Staff Liaison
703-534-5740 x266

"When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?"
       "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you."
       Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."

John 21:15