VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore served about 1,612 families during a recent drive-thru distribution.
The event at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater started 30 minutes early because the parking lot filled quickly.
Residents received approximately 60 pounds of fresh and shelf-stable foods.
“We’re still dealing with the impacts of inflation,” explains Christopher Tan, President and CEO of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
The new CEO tells 10 On Your Side that now that COVID-19 relief efforts have slowed, budgets are tighter.
The foodbank relies on donations to help out but even those are slowing down.
“If your household that has a little extra or needs to clean out their pantry before school starts, we’d love to have your extra. It really would help people in need,” said Tan.
“We’re kind of having a rough time and thought we’d come by,” said Robin Flory. “He had a stroke right before Christmas.”
“I’ve been out of work for a few months with medical issues,” her partner Steve Smith explains. “This really helps a lot.”
“When I get back to work, we’re going to be doing the same thing,” said Smith who plans to pay it forward when he can.
Silina Edmonds is a volunteer. She hopes to teach her son the beauty of giving to others.
“He is a giver naturally. So whenever there is an opportunity, he is all for it!”
The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia organizers hope to do another giveaway before the holidays.
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