By donating your time, your treasure or your voice, you can help end hunger in Southeastern Virginia and on the Eastern Shore, as well as take part in a national movement bringing awareness to the issue of food insecurity. Below is a calendar that shows you 30 ways in 30 days to support our efforts this month. In addition, check out three special ways listed below to get out in the community and get involved.
Elected Officials’ Engagement Day
Join the Foodbank on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, for our Annual Elected Officials Engagement Day. The event for this year will take place at the Virginia Beach Convention Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and focus on the theme, “Understanding the Meal Gap.” The event will include a keynote address by First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, a 1.5 hour, interactive poverty simulation for participants, and a luncheon and roundtable discussions facilitated by elected officials and regional leaders. The itinerary can be found here. Please RSVP by Friday, September 8, 2017. The event is free and open to the public. Send any questions to Stacey Hansbarger at (757) 314-4545 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purchase Your Tickets to Taste 2.0
Taste 2.0 kicks off this Saturday, September 9, in Olde Towne Portsmouth! Stroll, savor and sample your way through Olde Towne, trying taste-sized portions of our participating restaurants’ most memorable and mouthwatering dishes. It’s a veritable choose-your-own-adventure of Hampton Road’s cuisine including Gosport Tavern, Roger Brown’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, Facenda’s Pub & Grub, The Coffee Shoppe, Fit Bar Express, Stellar Wine Co., and Still Worldly Eclectic Tapas! And if you’re still hungry for more, the Taste 2.0 series will feature a “culinary crawl” in Downtown Norfolk on September 24, and one in Virginia Beach Town Center on October 15. All events are from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Purchase your tickets today!
Sponsor the BackPack Program
For the 42,000 children struggling with hunger in Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, school can be pretty rough. While children may receive free or reduced priced breakfast and lunch during the week, what happens when they go home for the weekend? The Foodbank’s Backpack Program provides nutritious, kid-friendly food for students to take home on weekends and during school holidays. This year, we need to raise an additional $150,000 to continue our current backpack distribution and begin the expansion from a bi-weekly to weekly basis. Sponsor the Foodbank Backpack Program, and let them know you’ve got their backs.