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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Donations Fall Short before "Summer Slump"

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The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank's biggest donation drive is falling short.

Postal workers in central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley collected 149,000 pounds of food for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. That's about 43,000 pounds less than last year's total.

Dave Canoles and volunteers at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church counted their blessings by post office bins.

“We went down there kind of expecting to pick up five or six boxes of food and were met with nine of these huge carts,” said Canoles.

They're sorting through the Earlysville Post Office's Stamp Out Hunger donations, which will supply the church's food pantry for at least two months.

“We'll feed a bunch of folks with this,” said Canoles.

That bounty is a big difference from the rest of the one-day drive's totals for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

“This food drive in particular is what bolsters us going into the summer - which we call our “summer slump” period - when donations drop severely,” said Joe Caputi, BRAFB Charlottesville branch manager.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive brought in a little more than 25,000 pounds of food for the Charlottesville branch. That's 9,000 pounds less than last year.

“We're grateful for the amount we collected at the post office this year, and hopefully people understand that was a shortfall and they'll help us out again,” said Caputi.

At the same time, this branch of the food bank is serving about 4,000 additional people every month.

“We'll probably just have to double down and purchase more food to make it all work,” said Caputi.

Back at Buck Mountain, Canoles is thanking the Earlysville community for going above and beyond to help their neighbors.

“It's going to mean a lot of people have nutritious meals and they don't go hungry and that's what we're all about,” said Canoles.

The church opens its food pantry two times a month to anyone in need. The next is Wednesday starting at 4 p.m.

To help the pantry or the food bank with donations, click here.

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