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Posted on October 3, 2019 at 9:26 AM by Sharon Hoggard
There are more than 160,000 individuals (including over 40,000 children) who struggle with food insecurity in our service area.
This year, in celebration of Hunger Action Month, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore is pleased to announce our 9th annual Elected Officials’ Engagement Day. We are hosting a “Citywide Mayors’ Food Drive” with Mayor Alexander of Norfolk and Mayor Dyer of Virginia Beach who have come together to lead the charge. They are calling on citizens to take action by giving food, funds, time, and voice to address hunger in meaningful ways. We also hope that other cities and counties will join us in this effort to relieve hunger in our communities.
The “Mayors’ Citywide Food Drive Challenge” began on September 23 and culminate at the Annual Mayflower Marathon taking place November 22–24, 2019. There are two donation locations in our service area for Mayflower Marathon: one at Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach (behind Target) and the second at First Team Kia and Subaru in Suffolk. Final donation totals from the drive will be announced on Tuesday, November 26.
From September 23–November 24, we call upon every resident, school, and business in participating cities and counties to help address hunger by collecting and dropping off food donations at participating Foodbank Partner Agencies throughout each city and making monetary donations online at https://fundraise.foodbankonline.org/give/148713/#!/donation/checkout.
We are calling on our citizens to become leaders in our community by donating to provide healthy meals to our neighbors in need. Join us, and lead the effort to eliminate hunger in our community! We can end hunger one helping at a time. Below find the Foodbank’s shopping list of most useful items:
Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore
Lean Canned Protein
peanut butter, tuna, chicken, turkey, beans
Fruits and Vegetables
canned fruits and vegetables, pasta sauce, 100% fruit juice, fruit preserves, dried fruit
cereal, pasta, oatmeal, rice, crackers
soups, stews, boxed meals, canned pasta
formula, baby food, diapers, wipes
Personal Hygiene Items
shampoo, body wash, deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper
Low Fat - Low Sodium - Low Sugar Products Preferred
Check dates (items can be up to 6 months past printed date)
Sizeable donations should be delivered directly to the Foodbank or presented at the Mayflower Marathon.
Partner Agencies Accepting Donations for the Citywide Food Drive Challenge
Wesley Community Service Center Bethlehem Christian Church
1701 Elm Avenue Portsmouth, VA 23704 1549 Holland Road Suffolk, VA 23434
Wesley Grace United Methodist Church The Rescue Church
288 E. Little Creek Road Norfolk, VA 23505 4810 Portsmouth Blvd. Portsmouth, VA 23701
Harvest Assembly of God Eastern Shore Chapel
525 Kempsville Road Chesapeake, VA 23320 2020 Laskin Road Virginia Beach, VA 23454