Bolling Encourages Food Drive Participation
Yesterday Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling urged Virginians to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, by feeding the hungry. Craig Carper reports.
This will be the Central Virginia Food Bank’s second September 11th food drive.
Speaking at the food bank, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling gave some statistics on hunger in the Commonwealth.
Bolling: Last year 16 percent of all Virginians reported that there had been times in the last year when they did not have enough money to buy food. In addition, Virginia ranks number 22 in the nation for seniors at risk of hunger.
Faye Lohr, CEO of the Central Virginia Food Bank, stressed that certain items were in high demand.
Lohr: Protein items, if you’re going to give vegetables, vegetables are very important, make sure they are in no sodium. The people we serve tend to be very high hypertension as well as diabetes. If you’re going to give canned fruits, then please do it in its natural sugar rather than in a syrup. We need things like spaghetti sauce, pasta, really basic kinds of things that people can stretch.
Two hundred food collection sites have been established for this year’s drive. You can find the site nearest you by visiting www.createthegood.org. They also accept cash donations, which can potentially be more effective, as the bank can purchase at bulk rates through wholesalers.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Richmond