VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Over 840,000 meals will be served thanks to the generous donations of the Hampton Roads Community during the 25th Mayflower Marathon Food Drive
“I come here every year, it’s deep in my heart to help others,” said community member Gayle Myrick.
The annual event, hosted by 106.9 The Fox and FM99, took place simultaneously at four locations across the region over a three-day period. Community members donated food at three locations on the peninsula and one on the southside.
Mallory Reckling with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore says with supply chain issues and rise in prices, their job has gotten even harder.
“Our price to provide a meal just from this time last year to this time this year went from 40 cents to 73 cents so it’s almost doubled, so the food and funds being brought in this weekend is more important than ever,” said Reckling.
Lending a helping hand outside the Pembroke Mall Sunday morning was a local women’s motorcycle group. They donated nearly $1,000 which turns into over 1200 meals.
“We are all here to support the people who are in need, even if you can give 5 dollars 10 dollars wherever you can give it is a great way to tell people you are thinking about them,” said VP of Women in the Wind Honey Badgers Chapter, Nancie Salvato.
Donations help stock the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
“The Mayflower Marathon is an annual reminder of the spirit of our great region and the strength that lies in our collective work as a community committed to ending hunger and food insecurity for our most vulnerable neighbors in Southeastern Virginia and on the Eastern Shore,” said Emma Inman, Chief Impact Officer, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. “We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from donors across our service area in addition to our longstanding partnership with FM99 and 106.9 The Fox who share our vision of a hunger-free community.”
Officials with the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank shared similar sentiments.
“We are always so thankful and grateful for the outpouring of generosity from our community, whose donations will bring joy and nourishment into the lives of those experiencing food insecurity across the greater Peninsula,“ said Karen Joyner, CEO of Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. “We are also thankful for 106.9 the Fox and FM99 for continuing on the tradition of this annual food raising event for 25 years. They should be very proud of knowing the impact that this event has on our community today, tomorrow and into the future. Being able to put a healthy meal on the table is a basic need that will now happen for thousands of families because of these donations.