LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – The United Way of Central Virginia (UWCV) has kicked off its annual October Food Drive with collection boxes hosted at more than 80 locations in Lynchburg and its surrounding counties.

Food donations will go towards helping 13 local food banks and pantries in time for the holiday season.

“Our goal for this year’s food drive is to collect at least 15,000 pounds of food,” stated Amy Fisher, Director of Operations at UWCV and coordinator of this year’s food drive. “The food will be distributed to thirteen local food banks and pantries just in time for the holiday season. We appreciate our business partners and team of volunteers who are making this happen.”

Food donations may also be brought directly to the UWCV on Miller Park Square in Lynchburg. UWCV only asks to make sure donations are not expired before donation.

For more information, a list of collection locations, or to get involved, see United Way of Central Virginia’s website.