Ken Cuccinelli gets a tour of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Orange County
Virginia gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is traveling the commonwealth for his "Putting Virginians First" tour. Wednesday, he made a quick stop at the Love Outreach food bank in Orange County to meet volunteers and tour the facility to see how it operates.
Cuccinelli says food banks are more important than ever before. "The need really started to go up when the economy went flat," he said.
"There are people struggling to either have work or have enough work for their families and they fill gaps with food banks like this," Cuccinelli said.
Food bank director Gloria Thatcher says it feels good to have somebody interested in what the food bank is doing.
"We very seldom get anybody up here. Most of the people that we see are either volunteers or customers so it was kind of neat to have somebody be interested in our place," Thatcher said.
Cuccinelli says the attorney general's office has played a role in battling hunger by running the "Legal Food Frenzy" two weeks a year. He recruited 200 law firms to participate last year during the statewide food drive - racking up about a million and a half pounds of food.
Cuccinelli says if elected governor, he would like to continue doing the basketball fundraiser Governor McDonnell started in Virginia schools.
"They've got a core of volunteers here who come all the time and there are things you can do from the governor's office just to encourage them," Cuccinelli said.
Cuccinelli says it's as simple as just saying thank you. If elected governor he would like to commend volunteers at the governor's mansion for the work they do.
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