Taking Action


Supply students in need through the Beach Bags food drive Oct. 22

Posted at 12:39 PM, Oct 15, 2020

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – You can help to provide healthy snacks to disadvantaged students who may not have enough to eat over weekends and school vacations.

The Beach Bags food drive will be Thursday, October 22 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Beach Bags program provides shelf-stable meals and healthy snacks to Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students who might otherwise go hungry during weekends and school vacations.

You are needed because the community support program is kept up entirely by donations from area businesses, school organizations and community members and it has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monetary and food donations will be accepted for the Beach Bags program at Pembroke Mall (Kohl’s parking lot behind Walgreens), 4554 Virginia Beach Boulevard. This year we are also asking for school supplies including pencils, erasers, loose leaf paper, crayons, markers and binders.

Tax-deductible donations made payable to the Virginia Beach Education Foundation will be accepted online by clicking here.

Any of the following food items will also be accepted on Oct. 22:

  • Individual-sized cereal boxes or oatmeal packets
  • 8-ounce servings of shelf-stable milk
  • Individual-sized meals (ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese, chunky soups, etc.)
  • 4-ounce or larger fruit cups and/or 100% juice boxes
  • Individually wrapped snack items (granola bars, pudding cups, pretzels, trail mix, snack crackers, etc.)

News 3 is partnering with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), the Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF), Southern Bank and Pembroke Mall to host the Beach Bags food drive.