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Drive-thru food pantry to take place Tuesday for all Virginia Beach residents

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Posted at 9:40 AM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 09:40:23-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A drive-thru food pantry is coming to the community Tuesday for all Virginia Beach residents, right before the holidays.

The Virginia Beach Department of Human Services (DHS), in partnership with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, will host a drive-thru food pantry for Virginia Beach residents at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, at the Human Services Administration Building parking lot, 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd.

The pantry will distribute fresh food on a first-come, first-served basis.

The pantry will run until 2 p.m., or until supplies have been exhausted, whichever occurs first.

Participants are asked to remain in their vehicles at all times. A photo ID will be necessary to verify Virginia Beach residency.

Staff and volunteers will load the groceries into the trunks or rear storage areas, for a contact-less pick-up.

Prepacked bags will contain a mix of fresh and shelf-stable foods such as fruit and vegetables, bread, dairy products, frozen meats, canned goods, and some staple items such as pasta, sugar and flour. No substitutions are allowed, according to officials.

“Providing families and individuals access to fresh, healthy food is critically important, especially in these difficult times,” said DHS Director Aileen L. Smith. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to collaborate with the Foodbank to offer this much-needed resource as we head into the holiday season.”

On Oct. 20, the Virginia Beach City Council voted to provide an $8 million grant to launch the Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership. This drive-thru food pantry is a direct result of that partnership.

For more information on coronavirus relief, click here.