Wednesday, July 17, 2024

This local foodbank is struggling. Here’s how you can help

The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank is now accepting donations through Feeding America and the Bank of America’s Give A Meal campaign.

The annual initiative matches donations 2-to-1 up to $1,000, meaning a $10 donation becomes $30 or roughly 120 meals, said Robyn Robertson, chief development officer for the foodbank.

To donate, select the charity and make sure the credit or debit card has a Peninsula zip code. You can access the website here.

Traditionally this season is a very busy time, but after the loss of Farm Fresh and the recent hurricanes, it is not the case.

Farm Fresh donated approximately 1 million pounds of food to the foodbank, the equivalent of more than 833,000 meals, and while other grocery store chains, such as Kroger, have helped in the meantime, Robertson said every month the organization sees a gap in the number of shelf items and fresh produce.

“I found out our inventory is down 13.37 percent from last year at this time,” Robertson wrote in an email.

She said that foodbank accepts food donations, they really need volunteers and cash.

“We can always stretch a dollar,” she said, adding “$1 can provide four meals.”

“We can’t split up a container of peanut butter,” she said.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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