Fundraiser to help with summertime hunger

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A major food drive this weekend is aiming to help eliminate summer hunger in our area.

The summer months are tough because thousands of local children don't have access to breakfast and lunch at school.

Organizers are hoping you'll tap into your giving spirit a little early this year at "Christmas in July." The annual fundraiser helps fill these shelves with much needed donations.

You can help the food bank stock up on kid-friendly must haves like peanut butter.

The Central Virginia Food Bank is bustling with activity, but these volunteers need your help filling the shelves as calls for food have recently increased.

"Just upsettingly large; we are getting up to 30-35 calls a day before noon everyday of people looking for where they can find food, so this is a very real issue in Central Virginia," said Gayle Haglund of FeedMore.

You can help at an event this weekend at Short Pump Town Center, called Christmas in July.

It might not be the season, but the band Offering and a number of other sponsors are teaming up with feedmore to help cut down on summer hunger by appealing to your giving spirit.

"We are doing Christmas music seven hours long, Santa is going to be there; elves are going to be there; there's going to be shopping deals if you want to do early shopping, but the idea is to draw people there," said Jeanine Guidry of Offering.

The summer months are often hardest for local families in need.

"Children can't get the food they would normally get during breakfast and lunch at the schools, so it places an extra strain on families, and they are really, really hungry," Hagland said.

If you'd like to donate to the Food Bank, organizers ask that you think about some specific items.

"We just want people to think in terms of what their kids would like; macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, tuna, that kind of thing, what would your kids like to eat, and think about that for the hungry kids in our region," she said.

The Christmas in July event is this coming Saturday at Short Pump Town Center from 1 until 8 p.m., but you can donate to the Central Virginia Food Bank anytime.

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