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Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Receives Check from Restaurant Week Proceeds

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The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank received a nice gift Thursday from the proceeds of Charlottesville’s Restaurant Week.

The check this time around is the biggest to date. The food bank got more than $16,000 from people who dined out around town at the end of January. Participating restaurants donated $1 of every meal sold to the organization.

Employees of C-Ville Weekly, which sponsored Restaurant Week, presented the check in a ceremony with several restaurant owners present.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank director Mike McKee says the donation is coming at a pivotal point of the year. He says after the holiday season, donations tend to drop off, and this show of support will help it serve the more-than-100,000 people who come for food every month.

"The Restaurant Week results this year just blew the barn doors off, and it's huge. It's about 65,000 meals we're able to provide to people in need and that's critically important, you know the need isn't going down,” said McKee.

C-Ville Weekly says this effort beat its last donation by almost $4,000. The next Restaurant Week will take place in July and will also benefit the food bank.

The goal is to raise over $25,000 for the food bank this year.

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