What better way to get into the giving spirit than participating in the 25th Annual Mayflower Marathon Thanksgiving Food Drive?
The annual Thanksgiving Food Drive is hosted by a pair of local radio stations in Suffolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia. The event is a 3-day food drive that took place from November 19-21, where residents drop off food at one of four locations - 3 on the lower peninsula of southeast Virginia and one on the southside, also known as South Hampton Roads. The event relies heavily on volunteers to transport the food, with one of those volunteers being Hampton Roads Moving and Storage.
Hampton Roads Moving and Storage has been part of Move For Hunger for the past several years. They won a Mover of the Month award in January of 2021 and are regularly active in the fight against hunger with events like Fill-A-Truck, Golf Outings, and their yearly signature event - the Mayflower Marathon.
This year, Hampton Roads Moving and Storage collected and transported more than 315,000lbs of donations, equalling more than 260,000 meals, from two drop-off points to the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank and the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
“We are always so thankful and grateful for the outpouring of generosity from our community, whose donations will bring joy and nourishment into the lives of those experiencing food insecurity across the greater Peninsula,“ said Karen Joyner, CEO of Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, in an interview by Wavy. “Being able to put a healthy meal on the table is a basic need that will now happen for thousands of families because of these donations.”
Since the pandemic, food insecure communities, food banks, and food pantries have taken an exceptionally hard hit, with a rise in prices and supply chain issues impacting their abilities to do their jobs. In Virginia alone, almost 800,000 people are food insecure, with 1 in 9 children not knowing where their next meal is coming from. But with your help, we can put an end to hunger!