VERONA, Va (WHSV) — September is Hunger Action Month, and this year, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is holding a two-week food drive in lieu of its annual "Stuff a Truck" campaign.
The drive is called "Spread the Love Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive". It starts on September 12 and goes through September 26 at Martin's stores in Harrisonburg, Staunton and Waynesboro. Locations will also be available in Culpeper and at Giant Foods in Charlottesville.
The focus for this year's drive is on childhood hunger. Now that kids are back in school, they need healthy food to fuel their performance. You can help kids struggling with hunger by providing two staples they enjoy: peanut butter and jelly.
Nearly 43,000 children in the BRAFB service area are food-insecure. That's one in eight children in central and western Virginia. The food bank wants to collect enough donations to help the thousands of children it serves each month have delicious, protein-packed meals.
Martin's stores will have BRAFB barrels out to collect donations.
While they are requesting peanut butter and jelly — as well as other nut-free butters for families with allergies — the food bank will accept any donation. Please, no glass jars.
The food bank says peanut butter and jelly are two of the most expensive foods for food banks to purchase in large quantities, but the two together are the most sought after foods because of the high protein and healthy fats.
You can also donate online if you are unable to make it out to the store during the food drive.
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank serves 25 counties and 8 cities on either side of the Blue Ridge. The Shenandoah Valley branch in Verona serves Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro and counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge and Rockingham.
The food bank serves more than 105,100 people each month through its four distribution centers.
You can learn more about Hunger Action Month, as well as more about the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and hunger in our area by visiting the BRAFB website.