Banking On You

By: Mike Mueller
By: Mike Mueller

Marty White heads up the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. The good news is that his food supply is staying steady. The bad news is that the demand is not.

"With the growth that we're getting month in and month out, to stay flat with food and with the demand increases, we are actually falling behind," he says.

This year, the bank will serve an extra 2,600 people in the Valley and they need your help now more than ever.

"This is a giving season," says White. "So we depend on donations between now and at the end of the year to carry us throughout the year."

But trying to carry 70 percent of its inventory with nutritious foods is a costly process. Maybe that's why money donations are down more than 40 percent this October.

"What we can access is more or less the non-nutritional food which means we have to go in and purchase more food and that's why monetary donations are so important," says White.

So how can you help? Check out a valley food drive.

"Food is 24/7, 365 days a year and food drives are vital," says White. "In the spring, summer, fall and winter. It's vital."

Ninety-four percent of every dollar you donate to the Bank is used to help feed families in the Shenandoah Valley.


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