Help local food banks during this time of extreme need by giving to News 3's food drive

Food drive
Posted at 11:53 AM, Apr 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-11 11:03:34-04

News 3 and sponsoring partners are coming together for a food drive to help local food banks during this time of extreme need.

From April 26 - May 16, we will be taking food donations as well as monetary donations to benefit the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank, the Food Bank of the Albemarle and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.

The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore predicts more than 130,000 people will experience food insecurity in their service areas alone— an increase of 17 percent from before the pandemic.

You can donate non-perishable food like lean canned protein (peanut butter, tuna, chicken, turkey, beans), fruits and vegetables (canned fruits, canned veggies, pasta sauce, 100% fruit juice), whole grains (cereal, pasta, oatmeal, rice, crackers), boxed meals (soups, stews, boxed meals, canned pasta) and baby products (formula, baby food, diapers, wipes).

You can also give monetarily by using the button below:

The participating sponsors are Southern Bank, The Shops at Hilltop and RNR Tire Express. You can drop off food donations at any of the locations below:

RNR Tire Express locations:

  • 818 East Little Creek Road, Norfolk
  • 623 First Colonial Rd, Virginia Beach
  • 1420 Battlefield Blvd., N Chesapeake
  • 3418 W Mercury Blvd, Hampton
  • 1100 N Main Street, Suffolk

Shops at Hilltop, Laskin Road, Virginia Beach:

  • YMCA
  • Saladworks
  • Taste
  • The Fresh Market
  • Gerald's Ice Cream Bar

Southern Bank locations:

  • 3720 VA Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach
  • 3343 Western Branch Blvd., Chesapeake
  • 1875 West City Drive, Elizabeth City, NC
  • 202 S Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills NC
  • 4804 North Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk, NC

Taste Unlimited (City Center at Oyster Point) - 702 Mariners Row, Newport News

The YMCA at Hilltop is one of the participating locations. Executive Director Frank Klein says they're honored to help the community and that their members have been very generous so far.

“Healthy mind, body and spirit is something that’s foundational to the YMCA, and the YMCA of South Hampton Roads in particular, and we were fortunate to have this opportunity to support the Feed the Need program," stated Klein.

Not far from that location, at Saladworks, owner MaryAnn Cohen said the national chain has partnered with "No Kid Hungry" and this local effort is a natural fit.

“We try to preach as our culture, being a team and thinking about others," Cohen said. "We see it day to day wherever we go, so it just gives us a way to give back, because we feel that we’ve been blessed that we’ve been able to stay open throughout all this at all our stores. Many, many thanks to all of our guests who have supported us throughout this.”