Food Banks Robbed

Police in Alexandria are investigating the theft of more than 1,000 pounds of canned goods from a food bank warehouse.

The food was taken sometime in March from Alexandrians Involved Ecumenically, also known as ALIVE. The organization delivers food to about 12,000 needy people each year.

ALIVE president Gerry Hebert wonders if it will be safe to store it at the warehouse.

Meanwhile, someone stole about 250 pounds of food from the Central Virginia Foodbank in Richmond. Foodbank officials said this week that $420 worth of peanut butter, jelly and canned items apparently were taken from a
drop-off donation box.

Foodbank CEO Fay Lohr said Richmond police told them a man apparently had been breaking into the back of the box outside the foodbank's offices where people leave food donations. She said no one noticed because each time he took food, he would leave some behind.

Police discovered the missing food as part of another theft investigation.


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