NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The Five Loaves Food Pantry on the Peninsula hosted a food distribution starting at 11 a.m. this Black Friday in Newport News.
Five Loaves, a 100% volunteer organization, received donations from more than 40 stores this year, with partnerships with Trader Joes and Food Lion. Typically Five Loaves only gathers food from two stores on a Friday, but with the Food Bank and other food pantries closed due to the holiday weekend, they took on much more of a load to save about 3 tons of food from going to waste.
This event included fresh fruits and veggies, dairy, meat and shelf-stable groceries. They also distributed the Holiday Without Hunger food box from Food Lion, which contains all the basics for creating a family meal.
Five Loaves usually serves fresh, perishable food five days a week and on one evening a week. Since they don’t have overhead costs, they said they were able to turn $35,000 in donations to serve more than 1,000 families with over 252,000 pounds of food.