Food drive hoping to raise enough to provide 400,000 meals

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

Volunteers at the Blue Ridge Area Foodbank distribute bags of food and fresh vegetables along with hot meals at Harrisonburg High School in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Photo by Pat Jarrett/Courtesy: Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Food insecurity has risen greatly across the Blue Ridge area since the onset of the pandemic. It is estimated that at least one out of every 12 people in the Blue Ridge area is food insecure.

That’s why the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is hosting its largest-ever food drive next month. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank will host events in all 25 counties and eight cities it serves.

The Food Bank wants to honor its 40th anniversary by collecting enough money and food donations to reach its goal of providing 400,000 meals to families in need.

From Aug. 7 through Aug. 14, online donations can be made at www.brafb.org where contributions will be matched thanks to a matching grant from Virginia Estates. Every $1 donation will translate to eight meals.

Any food donations should be nutritious and non-perishable foods including low-sugar fruits, canned vegetables, and proteins like canned water-packed tuna and peanut butter. Foods packaged in glass should be avoided.

On Aug. 13 and Aug. 14, supporters can drive up and drop off food donations at the following locations:

  • The Food Bank’s Lynchburg Area Branch, 50112th Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504
  • Rockbridge Area Relief Association (RARA), 350 Spotswood Drive, Lexington, VA 24450
  • Food Bank Headquarters & Shenandoah Valley Branch, 96 Laurel Hill Road, Verona, VA 24482
  • The Food Bank’s Thomas Jefferson Area Branch, 1207 Harris Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • The Food Bank’s Lord Fairfax Area Branch, 1802 Roberts Street, Winchester, VA 22601
  • Culpeper Food Closet, 120 N Commerce Street, Culpeper, VA 22701
  • WMRA Radio Station, 983 Reservoir Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

“Increasingly, the families we are serving are working trying to make ends meet but are really struggling. We see people across education spectrums, across ages. About 12 percent of the people we serve are senior citizens with so little Social Security income, they can’t even feed themselves properly,” said Michael McKee, the CEO of The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

For more information, visit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank website at http://www.brafb.org/event/unity-in-community.

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