Elected officials invited to help fight hunger

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VERONA, Va. (WHSV) - As Hunger Action Month kicked off on Thursday, September 1, elected officials were invited to help volunteer at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB).

Staunton Mayor Carolyn Dull and a representative for Del. Tony Wilt helped volunteers package apples that would be given away as part of the organization's mobile pantry.

The two also took a tour of the Verona headquarter for BRAFB.

According to Michael McKee, the CEO of the food bank, the greatest need for food comes from cities in the area.

Dull said she was aware of the hunger problem in her city.

"We have a strong relationship with the food bank," said Dull. "A lot of churches are active in providing lunches everyday to some folks."

Dull also referenced schools providing lunches during the summer to children to maintain their nutrition.

McKee said in addition to the problems seen in cities, there is a growing problem in rural areas — especially among seniors.

"A lot of people, they lost a lot of ground during the recession and they were a little too old to make that back up during their working years. We've got a big crisis looming," said McKee, who cited a study conducted by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger and Feeding America.

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank expects to distribute nearly 6 million pounds of fresh produce by the end of 2016.

To learn how you can help as part of this Hunger Action Month, click the link in the 'Related Stories' section* of this article.

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