Welcome to our Community Exchange where you can learn about our GIFT Program participants. The organizations we serve are working hard to help the Peninsula and here you can find their contact information and needs they may have. Some groups may even be able to loan out equipment or space to other groups! Get inspired and help out where you can with supplies or with your time by volunteering for a project. Check out the event section for upcoming activities in the community.

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank

The mission of Virginia Peninsula Foodbank is to distribute food effectively through collaborative efforts that minimize hunger, promote nutrition, and encourage self-reliance through education. Since 1986, we have been the most prominent food assistance resource on the Peninsula. We serve the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, and the counties of Gloucester, James City, Mathews, Surry, and York. Working with partner agencies and our own programs, we feed our neighbors.

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Craig Gallaer
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Below are the items Virginia Peninsula Foodbank needs or has available to give.

Organization Needs:

Throughout the year, we gratefully accept food donations to nourish our neighbors in need across the greater Peninsula. During times when our inventory is depleted and the need has risen, these community food donations make a significant difference in our capacity to maintain and even expand our programs.

Most needed food items include: Canned meats (tuna, chicken, ham), hearty meaty soups, instant potatoes, family-size box of rice, spaghetti/pasta meals, peanut butter and jelly, canned fruits and vegetables, cereals, and 100% juice. Monetary donations will also help us purchase these items.

These food drives can be fun! You can partner with your Scout troop, church, school, neighborhood, or other nonprofits and work together to collect the food together. You can form competitions, set goals, and know that every can you collect makes a family in need happier and more hopeful.

Two additional ways to give food during the COVID-19 pandemic (and behind):
-YouGiveGoods - https://yougivegoods.com
This website allows you and your group to collect the food by having people purchase it online from grocery stores and retailers and have it delivered to the Foodbank. We will gladly accept boxes of actual grocery items that you collect and will put them right into our warehouse, but this online option allows you and your team to "shop" right from your own home and get the items you need.

-JustGiving - https://www.justgiving.com/virginiapeninsulafoodbank
Your group can work together to raise funds to purchase food right from your computer if you prefer to give funds rather than collect food. You can set up an account with your club, school, or neighborhood, and see how you are collaborating to help those in need. Know that every dollar you raise helps provide four meals.

Have questions or need more information? The Foodbank has a special webpage focused specifically on food drives. Visit https://hrfoodbank.org/food-fund-drive/ and you will find step-by-step instructions on how to start a food drive and get the word out, see frequently asked questions, discover strategies for collecting food most successfully, look at entertaining event ideas and games to make your food drive fun, and even print out posters and materials for your food drive. Of course, our team at the Foodbank is always ready to assist you. Call (757) 596-7188 if you need support. We even have food drive boxes here that you can pick up if you need them.

The bottom line is that when you donate food, you give us the resources essential to ensuring that our neighbors in need can live a healthy lifestyle. We can use food donations and funds to purchase food at any point during the year, and every can donated or purchased stays right here on the Peninsula to help a local family struggling with hunger. It's not just about a meal -- it's about reducing the anxiety that hunger brings and replacing it with the joy that comes from having a nourishing, healthy meal.

How to help fullfill our need?

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Items available to give by donation or can borrowed

We want to take this space to remind other organizations that if you or anyone you know is struggling with disruptions to their lives and incomes at any time throughout the year, the Foodbank is here to help. Hunger can impact any family without notice, and it knows no age, race, or circumstance. The newest face of hunger could be your neighbor.

The good news? The Foodbank works with over 120 partner agencies and operates our own programs to help sustain families while they work to regain stability. While we are always honored to receive support from our community, the central core of our work each day is to give our neighbors in need across the Peninsula the comfort and hope that comes with having healthy, nourishing meals.

Please remember that any neighbor needing food assistance can call (757) 596-7188 to learn more about our programs and events. Families can also visit: https://hrfoodbank.org/get-help/ to see a listing of upcoming community pantry events or enter their zip code to discover our partner agencies that are providing food right where they live.

There is no shame is asking for support. We are here for everyone.

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