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Local Millers convenience stores donate nearly 2K pounds of food, over $1K to Virginia food banks

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Posted at 5:51 PM, Jun 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-14 17:51:17-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Millers Neighborhood Markets came together locally to collect food and monetary donations for the Hampton Roads area food banks.

Millers convience stores collected $1,230 in cash donations and just over 1,950 pounds of food to help local food banks respond to the COVID crisis.

"I'm impressed they collected more than $1,000 in just two months considering the annual canister collection is just over $5,000," said Millers Foundation Executive Director Carrie Short.

The Millers Foundation coordinated the collections in local Millers stores from April 8 through May 31.

Since the start of Virginia's mandated quarantine, Millers stores remained open to provide essential supplies and collect donations.

"People bought food to donate right here in the store and some even brought items from home. Everyone was glad they had something positive to do," said Jeff Jones, manager of the Lynnhaven Millers store in Virginia Beach, VA.

Jones's store has collected 382 pounds of food. Millers ODU in Norfolk collected the most food at 514 pounds in just two months.

Millers is well known for its PBJ drive, which collected 4,726 pounds of peanut butter and jelly last fall. Millers Hearts of Hope campaign raised over $13,000 for local charities in February.

The Millers Foundation Executive Committee recently voted to maintain its level of giving for the 2020 grant year despite an expected reduction in donations due to the COVID crisis.

To apply for the grant, click here. Applications must be received by June 15.