WAYNESBORO, Va -- According to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, more than 200,000 donations were collected during the "Stop Hunger Now" campaign last Saturday, which is up from last year.
This comes as a new study was released that said one in 10 people are struggling with hunger in the Valley. Many of those are children.
"It's pretty alarming. That means there's lots of work to be done and we definitely can't do it without the support of the community. There's just no way we can fill that void for those children, so whether it's food donations, monetary donations, or by volunteering time, it's all vital," said Ruth Jones with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
The food collected in this year's fundraiser is the equivalent of almost 170,000 meals.