UPDATE 7:52 p.m. Email from The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
Final tally, 36,600 pounds! Of course, this is a preliminary estimate. We will do actual weigh-in on Monday. But this number should be very close. Again, thank you so so much for the support!
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Stuff A Truck kicked off on Friday morning at area Martin's stores.
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Clear Channel Radio, WHSV and a number of other companies are partnering to help thousands of people who need food in the Valley.
Volunteers will be at the stores from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. collecting non perishable goods, such as canned meat and fruit, along with personal care items.
This year's goal is to get 30,000 pounds of food. If they reach that goal, they will be able to provide 25,000 meals.
Ruth Jones with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank said hunger is prevalent in the Valley.
"I think a lot of times it's hidden, people don't even realize their neighbor is struggling with hunger. A lot of times people may say I don't know anyone who's hungry. But the reality is one in 6 Americans struggle with hunger. And so, we all know someone, we may not know what they're going through.
If you'd like to donate, volunteers at the front of the stores have a list of the items that are most needed by the Blue Ridge Area Food bank.
If people are interested in getting food or other donated items, they can contact the food bank directly.
The food bank gives food to area food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other groups.
The most needed items include meat spreads, beans, corn, apple sauce, fruit cocktail and other items.
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