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Albemarle County Kids Collecting Food for Hungry Families

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Kids and teens in western Albemarle County are kicking off a campaign to collect food for hungry families.

They're trying to fill the gap from a drop in food bank donations to meet a growing need in central Virginia. They started the week long campaign Sunday night in the Old Trail neighborhood of Crozet.

The group of more than a dozen kids went to hundreds of homes to drop off food donation bags.

"I think it's important especially after the holidays because its been, like we've gotten a lot and people that are less fortunate have gotten very little," said Owen Chitester, a food bag distributer.

The group of kids will come back to all the homes in a week to collect the bags of food and have a celebration party.

"Everybody here's just so great and everybody's here for a good purpose and it's just going to be a really fun time," said Madison Campbell, who also distributed food bags. "I like to see that other people are happy as well and so this is a good thing for me to see that other people are happy and have food."

All of the food will be donated to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Branch manager Joe Caputi says although donations are down - the need isn't.

"The need never drops off, and it's especially at this time of year, winter, you know when people are having to make choices between turning on the heat and eating," he said.

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank experiences a drop in food donations after the holidays. The collection group says this is its way to give back even after the season of giving. They are asking for canned meats and vegetables, grains, pasta and sauces, and personal hygiene items like soap.

Chitester says it takes a lot of teamwork to make sure they don't miss any homes in the neighborhood.

"Each person that's helping out lives in different parts of old trail and each, then there's a representative for each part of old trail and then that representative is going to bring people from that part and then they're just going to hand out bags," he said.

Donations can also be made on Monday, February 18 beginning at 10 a.m. at Trailside Coffee. The group will have a large truck outside.

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