To honor the legacy of hope and community service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Newport News Sheriff Gabe Morgan will host the 2023 Day of Service Food Drive on January 16, 2023.
The event was started seven years ago by former Newport News Mayor McKinley Price to provide essential support to Peninsula residents in need.
The Foodbank historically sees a drop in donations during the winter months, but the need continues to increase due to high food prices and other economic issues.
Sheriff Morgan invites everyone to help make a difference to those in need.
“All donations given to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank stay in our community to support our neighbors facing food insecurity. Every can of food and dollar donated will make a positive impact.”
The community is invited to drop off non-perishable food and financial donations at the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, which is located at 2401 Aluminum Avenue in Hampton, on January 16 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
There also are several ways to donate ahead of time for the public’s convenience.
Drop donations at the following locations in Newport News through Thursday, January 12, 2023:
- Newport News City Hall (2400 Washington Avenue)
- City Offices at Fountain Plaza Two in City Center (700 Town Center Drive)
- Newport News Tourism Office (702 Town Center Drive)
- Newport News Visitor Center (13560 Jefferson Avenue at Newport News Park)
- Denbigh Community Center (15198 Warwick Boulevard)
- Brittingham-Midtown Community Center (570 McLawhorne Drive)
- Courthouse Way Community Center (14302 Old Courthouse Way)
- Riverview Gymnastic Center (125 City Farm Road)
You can donate to the virtual food drive online through YouGiveGoods.
You can make a financial donation online through JustGiving.
Foodbank CEO Karen Joyner says nearly a fifth of the children in the Greater Virginia Peninsula face food insecurity. This food drive helps the Foodbank make a difference for everyone who asks for assistance.
“We are so grateful to Sheriff Morgan and other elected officials and community leaders for continuing the important work that they and former Mayor Price began in 2017. Through the years, the food and funds that have been donated on this one day of service have provided tens of thousands of meals to the Peninsula community,” adds Joyner.
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