STAUNTON, Va.---The Blue Ridge Area food bank wrapped up its most important food drive of the year on Saturday.
During Stamp Out Hunger, neighbors set food donations near their mailbox for their mail carriers to pick up.
Communications Director Ruth Jones said the drive helps the food bank at the beginning of the summer slump.
She said donations usually dip dramatically during the summer months because hunger is not at the top of people's minds.
However, the need increases with families needing food assistance because children are out of school.
" It would be very difficult at the start of the summer to feed the number of people that we do without this drive. Last year in the entire region that we serve, we provided over 100,000 meals to families in need," said Jones.
Last year the bank served nearly 50,000 meals with the donated items
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