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Richmond providing support to help get food and water

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Many people continue to struggle with the most basic needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

Most places are providing support to help people get food and water.

Richmond is now helping people get to the grocery store.

The mayor and GRTC are partnering to help folks living in the city who are still without power and need to get to the store for water and non-perishable food items.

GRTC is running what's being called the "City Supermarket Shuttle" from seven locations around the Richmond Metro area.

A number of sites where people can get meals and charge electrical equipment are up and running.

Those include the Arthur Ashe Center, Blackwell Elementary School, the Salvation Army on Grace Street, and the Conrad Center on Oliver Hill Way.

In Chesterfield County, the American Red Cross will be providing meals at two locations for those in need.

That's at 12:30 and 5 p.m. at Bermuda Baptist Church on Jeff Davis Highway and Laprade Library on Hull Street Road.

With many low income Richmonders losing the entire contents of their refrigerators, Richmond has also received approval to provide an additional week of benefits for those who receive food stamps, and expect those additional benefits to be activated in a matter of days.

For more information on where you can find food and water, and for the list of GRTC supermarket shuttle routes, check under All Access.

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