United Way of Central Virginia looking for donations, help feed students during school year

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United Way of Central Virginia is helping fight insecurity in the Commonwealth with their annual summer food drive.

“There was a big need in Lynchburg for it,” said Darrell Wargo, a volunteer and one of the founding members of the summer food drive.

“There was a demand for it. We started with one school and now we work with four schools. Just a lot of different organizations around Lynchburg have taken it on, and there’s demand for it now and it’s really picked up a lot.”

In Central Virginia, one in six children is considered food insecure which means roughly 9,000 kids don’t have a reliable source of food.

In its’ seventh year, the program feeds 146 children on weekends during the school year. Paul Monroe, Perrymont, Big Island, and Rustburg Elementary are the four schools with kids participating.

Each backpack costs $5 and is filled with 14 items. Non-perishable food items like canned chili, chicken, soup, tuna, pretzels, and goldfish can be donated to 1010 Miller Park Square in Lynchburg.

The summer food drive will last until the end of July.

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