Annual Helping Hands Against Hunger Food Drive Underway
Every year around the holiday season, NBC29 plays a part in helping the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. It's the annual Helping Hands Against Hunger food drive - just one way the community can count on us.
Kroger stores in central Virginia are gearing up for their annual Helping Hands Against Hunger event. The Kroger store on Rio Hill will stuff more than 200 boxes of food.
"It's the giving time of year, it's the Santa season and, you know, you think about every morning you get up you have food in the cabinet, there's folks out there that don't," said Kroger manager Ed Southern.
Shoppers can purchase anything in the store to put in the barrels outside the front of the store. From there, the food will go to families in need.
Kroger also has pre-stuffed boxes shoppers can purchase to donate. The boxes contain nonperishable items like chicken noodle soup, tuna, peaches, green beans, oatmeal and peanut butter.
Joe Caputi with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank said, "They're nutritious, they're balanced foods you know it's convenient because it's canned food, it's easy to cook."
And it's not just food that's easy to cook; it's food that's ready to eat too.
"Peanut butter is one of the most requested items because it's just great, it's good protein. It's great for kids. They can make a sandwich by themselves without any adult supervision," Southern said.
Cash donations are also welcome, and every little bit helps. For every dollar that is donated to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, four meals are provided for a family in need.
You can buy pre-stuffed boxes to donate for $10.95 at any Kroger in Charlottesville. The Helping Hands Against Hunger food drive takes place until December 20.
We are also participating in a virtual food drive for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Click here to donate.