VCU food drive has already exceeded 2011 goal

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Today is the last day of a VCU campus-wide food drive. This is the third year of the food drive. As of noon on Thursday, the school already exceeded its goal of 35,000 meals to donate to the Central Virginia Food Bank. But, donations are still needed.

The donations came in fast and furious in both the form of food and money donations.

"People need food. Everybody needs it. So,  I like to give if I'm able to give. So, I give to support," says Keith Williams.

Support for this food drive at VCU that nearly 80 volunteers are a part of, for the third year in a row.

People just stopped their car on the side of the road to hand over some cash and some used a less expensive way to get around to drop off bags of food.

"It brightens my day. It makes me feel better about myself," says Keith.

Organizers of this food drive know the need is high at the food bank. "With the recession and summer coming up,  we decided spring was the best time and we decided to make it an annual big event," says Rebecca Jones.

The food bank can stretch every dollar and use this food to help the growing need, especially since food is flying off the shelves quicker than it's coming into the food bank.

Recently, more people are turning to the food bank because they can't pay their electricity bill and the food in the refrigerator is spoiling.

With the tornados this weekend, anyone who calls in for help could benefit from this food drive.

"Donate because people need it more than you do and everybody is not as fortunate as you are," says Keith.

For a list of all the locations that will be accepting the food and donations, until 7 PM tonight, click here.

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