United Way of Central Virginia Collects Food for Hungry Children

United Way of Central Virginia (UWCV) hosts annual Summer Food Drive to benefit their Backpack Program & future initiatives.
Lynchburg, VA / Thursday, June 28, 2018 : UWCV kicked off their annual Summer Food Drive benefiting hungry children this past week. Donation boxes have been placed at businesses throughout the community and in their office for collection. All items that are collected throughout the summer will go towards the SOS (Sustaining Our Students) Backpack Program that is a program of UWCV. The Backpack Program provides a weekend’s worth of food for children who are identified as “food insecure” by teachers and school counselors during the school year.
UWCV’s President & CEO states that “chronic hunger among children is a significantly larger issue in Central Virginia than many people may realize. In this region, one of every six children are food insecure, meaning they do not have access to affordable, quality food. The majority of these children depend on school meals as their primary source of food, and without programs like this, they simply do not eat during the weekends. By raising awareness of the magnitude of food insecurity right here in our own community, we expect to gain additional support and begin eliminating this problem.” This issue is pressing and demands immediate action from the community.
This food drive is in conjunction with a newly formed partnership with area non-profits, businesses and churches to eliminate weekend hunger for public school children in the City of Lynchburg, with the intent to expand efforts into additional counties in the future. This group has been working to ensure a weekend backpack program is implemented and sustainable in every elementary, middle, and high school in Lynchburg for the upcoming academic year. It is estimated that, of the approximately 1100 children in need of a weekend backpack, 650 of those are currently not being served due to funding, per Lynchburg City School officials.
Food donations can be dropped off at the UWCV office at 1010 Miller Park Square, Lynchburg, VA 24501. UWCV is especially grateful for the businesses participating who internally run a food drive for this program as well. This food drive will run from now until August.

The community is encouraged to participate by grabbing a few extra items at the store each week. Below is the list of items that they are currently seeking: 

Please make sure all items are individual or small sized items

Canned chili, stew or chicken & dumplings soup
Tuna, spam and canned chicken
Canned spaghetti or ravioli
Single serving mashed potatoes or rice
Goldfish, pretzels and microwave popcorn
Granola bars, raisins

Microwaveable macaroni & cheese
Apple sauce
Pudding cups, fruit cups
Canned vegetables, canned fruit
Oatmeal, peanut butter
Cereals and poptarts