MELFA, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia first lady Pam Northam spent Monday on the Eastern Shore. The first stop on her agenda was at the food bank in Tasley.
First Lady Northam volunteered at the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore to highlight the critical issue of food insecurity across the Commonwealth as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Ralph Northam and members of his Cabinet also spent part of their Monday volunteering at Virginia food banks.
Governor Northam, along with Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring and Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball, volunteered at Feeding Southwest Virginia in Abingdon.
Meanwhile, Chief of Staff Clark Mercer, Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dan Carey, Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins, Secretary of the Commonwealth Kelly Thomasson, and Secretary of Administration Keyanna Conner volunteered at Feed More in Richmond.
Chief Diversity Officer Janice Underwood volunteered with Congressman Bobby Scott, Congresswoman Elaine Luria, Mayor Donnie Tuck, and a number of state legislators at the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank in Hampton.
Feeding America estimates 275,000 additional Virginians will be food insecure this year because of the ongoing pandemic.
Earlier this month, Gov. Northam announced an additional $7 million in federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help Virginia food banks.
During First Lady Northam’s visit to the Eastern Shore Monday, she also stopped by the Accomack County Health Department and the Northampton County Health Department before returning home to welcome Christmas trees and wreaths to the Executive Mansion Monday afternoon. The trees this year will come from Spruce Rock Farm in Madison County. Hartland Farm in Markham will provide wreaths.
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