VERONA, Va. (WFXR) — The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank smashed its goal and provided more than 600,000 meals for families in need of food assistance.
It was part of the organization’s inaugural Unity in Community Food & Fund Drive. The food bank was able to collect enough food and funds across the entire 25-county service area with 637,892 meals.
“The generosity of our community never ceases to amaze our team,” said Michael McKee, CEO of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. “To all who participated in the Unity in Community Food & Fund Drive, thank you. Your support will have a direct and immediate impact on those in need throughout the region.”
According to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, on average nearly 119,000 individuals visit the organization and its partner food pantries each month. During the fall months, the food bank states there is a greater need because of rising inflation and the expiration of pandemic-driven government benefits and protections.
Virginia Estates, Hazy Mountain Vineyards, and Friends provided a matching gift with the success of the event.
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