LYNCHBURG, Va. – United Way of Central Virginia’s (UWCV) annual October Food Drive starts Friday, and local food pantries need help to re-stock their supplies with the holiday season approaching.
UWCV set a goal to raise 10,000 pounds of food this season as one in five households in Central Virginia are experiencing food insecurity.
To help those in need, you can donate a food item by dropping it off at the UWCV office in Miller Park Square or look for a complete list of donation drop-sites that will be soon.
If a community or business is looking to host a food drive contact Dawn Wise at email@example.com.
Items that can be donated include: Apple sauce, canned soup, coffee/tea, mac&cheese, rice, canned fruit, canned veggies, canned meats, condiments, cereal, dish soap, flour, pancake mix, syrup, baby food, pasta sauce, hamburger helper, juices, instant potatoes, beans, and sugar-free options.
UWCV asks that you only donate individual or family-sized items, and they encourage the donation of high-demand protein items, such as canned tuna, salmon, chicken and peanut and other nut butters.
This year, the eleven non-profit agencies benefiting from donations are:
- Bedford Church of God Food Pantry
- Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
- Missionary Food Bank
- Neighbors helping Neighbors
- Park View Community Mission
- Piedmont Community Impact
- Prospect Food Pantry
- Rivermont Area Food Pantry
- Rustburg United Methodist Church Food Pantry
- Salvation Army