The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank needs your help. It is 2,000 pounds short of its Holiday Food Drive goal and it ends Monday.
Someone who relies on the food bank is Donna Scruggs, who worked at the University of Virginia for 20 years before having to give up her job because of health problems. Suddenly strapped for cash, Scruggs sold her home and took odd jobs. Now, with only $15 of food stamps every month, her choices are limited. For her, the food bank is vital.
“The money that I would be spending in food that I get from the food pantry I get in medicine or put for gas in the car to go to my doctor or other necessities I need,” Scruggs said.
Scruggs isn't alone. About 113,000 people in central Virginia rely on the food bank.
“These were folks who were working six, seven years ago and maybe they are working again but it is a part-time job, not enough to put food on the table,” said Michael McKee, the food bank’s CEO.
The holiday food drive is critical because heat is an added expense during the winter months.
“We need to collect at least 10,000 pounds of food. We are a couple of thousand pounds short of where we need to be at this time,” McKee said.
Scruggs says donations have made a huge difference.
“Anybody can develop health issues that can affect their job and losing a job is going to affect your whole life, your independence, your ability to provide and take care,” she said.
You can donate non-perishable food items at most Kroger stores. For more information, click here.
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