City of Newport News to host Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Food Drive

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – The City of Newport News will host its Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Food Drive on Monday, Jan. 18.

Newport News Mayor Price will host the event with support from Congressman Bobby Scott, Delegate Marcia Price, Newport News Sheriff Gabe Morgan, and Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew.

The community is invited to drop off donations at the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, located at 2401 Aluminum Avenue in Hampton between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The city said the event is critical this year, as the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank has served a record number of people in desperate need of food due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While the community need for food has grown amid the pandemic, the Foodbank has struggled with a decline in donations.

The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank is experiencing an 18% decrease in food donations compared to previous years.

“The pandemic has threatened the lives and livelihoods of people around the world. The face of hunger has changed and many who have not needed support in the past have found themselves struggling to feed themselves and their families. Hunger relief is a collaborative effort, and we must join together to uplift our neighbors in need,” said Newport News Mayor McKinley L. Price.

To follow social distancing guidelines during the drive-thru collection, individuals are asked to remain in their vehicles and wear a mask.

For those who wish to donate before Jan. 18, food drop off boxes are located at the Newport News City Hall and the city offices in Fountain Plaza Two in City Center.

In addition, Mayor Price has partnered with Riverside Health System and the Virginia Unity Project to hold food collections prior to the MLK Day of Service.

If your church or group is interested in hosting a collection event in support of Mayor Price’s Day of Service Food Drive, you can call 757-926-8403.

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