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These nonprofits are hosting a ‘contactless’ food drive to help the hungry on the Peninsula

The YMCA of the Virginia Peninsula and the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank have teamed up to host a contactless food drive to meet the increased demand for food during the coronavirus.

Nearly 68 percent of people using the food pantries are doing so for the first time, according to the YMCA’s news release.

“We are grateful for the support from the YMCA of the Virginia Peninsula to help provide more meals to those individuals facing food insecurity, hundreds for the first time,” said Donna Tighe, director of development of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. “Not only are families having to cope with losing their job, but they are also having to face the possible reality of food insecurity. Families need us more now than ever.”

The non-perishable items needed include canned meats, fruits and vegetables, pasta like macaroni and cheese, hearty meaty soups, peanut butter, jelly, 100 percent juice, family size box rice, instant potatoes, cereal and nutritional bars.

People planning to donate must place the non-perishable items in the trunk of their car, drive to the YMCA entrance and pop the trunk while staff members unload the items, according to the news release.

The YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas food drives start on Tuesday at the following locations:

Tuesday, May 5 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6 from noon to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 12 from noon to 5 p.m.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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