$100,000 grant helping Virginia food banks accept more fresh foods

$100,000 grant helping Virginia food banks accept more fresh foods
Volunteers pack food to help those in need (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Dominion Energy is helping food banks in Central Virginia be able to collect more fresh meats, fruits and vegetables.

Dominion gave a $100,000 grant to the Federation of Food Banks on Tuesday. The money will help provide additional refrigerators, coolers and transportation to help store and distribute fresh food products across the state.

Representatives from Feed More and volunteers from Dominion Energy also helped pack meals and boxes for Feed More’s Meals on Wheels program.

The grant will help the seven food banks in Virginia:

  • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (Verona)
  • Capital Area Food Bank (Lorton)
  • Feeding SW Virginia (Salem)
  • Feed More (Richmond)
  • Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia & the Eastern Shore (Norfolk)
  • Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank (Fredericksburg)
  • Virginia Peninsula Foodbank (Hampton)

Food banks receive and distribute food through The Emergency Food Assistance Program. The food can constitute up to 30% of a food bank’s inventory and is made available at no cost to low-income households through eligible nonprofit outlets.

The Federation of Virginia Food Banks is the Commonwealth’s largest hunger-relief network, comprising the seven regional Virginia and Washington, D.C. food banks and supporting them in providing food, funding, education and advocacy services throughout the state.

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