A food bank which serves the entire Virginia Peninsula has received a $200,000 gift from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for leadership training and to pay for a 24-foot truck.
The truck will be used to expand the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank’s Mobile Food Pantry program, which brings fresh produce and nutritious foods to areas lacking access to supermarkets and fresh foods.
The truck will allow the mobile pantry program to serve an additional 2,400 people per month, according to a news release from a public relations firm that works with Bank of America.
“We recognize the significant role the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank plays in our community and the importance of having a mobile pantry truck,” said Charlie Henderson, Bank of America’s market president for Hampton Roads. “The funding provided through Neighborhood Builders will help them expand their operations to reach families that may not have access to supermarkets and other sources of fresh food.”
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation recognizes nonprofits working to help those in poverty in communities throughout the U.S. Through grants and leadership training, the program helps with “community development, basic human services, workforce development and education,” according to the program’s website.
Virginia Peninsula Foodbank personnel will receive leadership training funded in part by the $200,000 gift. The training focuses on how nonprofit leaders can keep their operations sustainable.
“We are so grateful to Bank of America for awarding the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank this generous grant and the opportunity to participate in their leadership training program,” Karen Joyner, the food bank’s CEO, said in the release. “Promoting nutrition is an important component of our mission statement and this support will allow us to provide even more assistance to those who may not currently have access to fresh produce and other nutritious foods.”
About 74,000 people on the peninsula lack regular access to food, according to the release. About one in six of them are children.
The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank has served residents of the peninsula since 1986. It has provided more than 117 million meals to residents in the area, according to its website.