106.9 The Fox and FM99 to host Hampton Roads’ Largest Food and Fund Drive The 25th Annual Mayflower Marathon Friday, November 19 – Sunday, November 21

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Classic Rock 106.9 The Fox (WAFX) and FM99 (WNOR) host the 25th Annual Mayflower Marathon Food Drive from 5:30 a.m. Friday (11/19) until 3 p.m. Sunday (11/21).

This ’round-the-clock food drive takes place simultaneously on both sides of the water at four separate locations. On the Southside, the locations are: Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach and Kroger Marketplace at 1017 University Blvd. in Suffolk. On the Peninsula, the locations are Kroger at 1050 W. Mercury Blvd. at Coliseum Central in Hampton and Kroger at 5007-2 Victory Blvd. in Tabb.

All food and monetary donations collected in Virginia Beach and Suffolk go to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. All donations made at the Hampton and Tabb locations benefit the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.

Rick Rumble and the entire FM99 team along with Mike Arlo and the Fox staff will be broadcasting live from the event. For complete details about the food drive, visit FM99.com or 1069theFox.com.

FM99/106.9 The Fox Operations Manager, Mike Beck: “The FM99 and 106.9 The Fox Mayflower Marathon is a Hampton Roads institution. This food drive became an annual Thanksgiving tradition starting in the last century! Millions of meals have been raised in the past 24 years and now the 25th anniversary edition will continue to add to the rich history of this event. 106.9 The Fox and FM99 are proud to partner with so many wonderful volunteers, community-oriented organizations, and companies. Thanks to the donations of food and money the local Foodbanks will be able to help thousands of local people.”

“We are excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Mayflower Marathon Holiday Food Drive, sponsored by 106.9 the Fox and FM99” said Karen Joyner, CEO of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. “This annual food drive has provided thousands of our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity with a holiday meal that they otherwise would not have received.  It’s truly inspiring to be able to collaborate with such compassionate and caring partners who are continuing the tradition of bringing hope and happiness into homes across Hampton Roads. We thank the community for thinking of their Peninsula neighbors in need and look forward to another successful event!”

“Over the last several months, we have been laser-focused on adapting our service delivery model and establishing new initiatives to meet the increased needs of our most vulnerable neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity,” said Emma Inman, Chief Impact Officer, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. “As we continue evolving toward a more holistic model, the community support we receive through the annual Mayflower Marathon is more important now than ever. We look forward to another record-breaking year of donations that will allow our neighbors to provide food for their families during the holiday season and beyond.”




Mike Beck, Operations Manager 757-366-9900
Sonja Morrell, Marketing Director 757-366-9900

Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore

Kelli Webb, The KBD Group
757-606-0281; kelliwebb@thekbdgroup.com

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank

Donna Tighe, Director of Development
757-596-7188 x 135

About 106.9 The FOX (WAFX) and FM99 (WNOR)

106.9 The Fox (WAFX) and FM99 (WNOR) are owned by Saga Communications Inc. and serve the entire Hampton Roads region. FM99 was one of the first FM stations in the country and The Fox has been on the air in its current form for more than 30 years. As the area’s two premiere rock stations, The Fox (Classic Rock) and FM99 (mainstream rock) sponsor and participate in many community and military-oriented events throughout the year. Both stations boast some on air icons in their staff, such as Mike Arlo (The Fox) and Rick Rumble (FM99).

About the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore

For 40 years, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore has provided over 300 million meals to those in our community who face hunger. Through our programs, facilities, and large network of community partners, we “eliminate hunger” on a daily basis for many. However, we understand that our current work addresses hunger for individuals in the short term. It does not address the root causes which force individuals to return to a food pantry again and again. This understanding has led to the creation of a 3-year strategic plan aimed to move Hampton Roads closer to achieving the mission of eliminating hunger for those we serve—not only for the day, or for the week, but for a lifetime. For up-to-date information on the Foodbank, visit www.foodbankonline.org, Facebook, or Twitter.

About Virginia Peninsula Foodbank

Since 1986, Virginia Peninsula Foodbank has been providing hunger relief to the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, and the counties of James City, Gloucester, Mathews, Surry, and York.  Not only does the Foodbank help our neighbors in need during times of hardship, the Foodbank plays a major role in disaster relief response. With the support of over 150 member agencies and programs, the Foodbank has provided over 188 million meals to families experiencing food insecurity.  The Foodbank is a proud member of Feeding America, the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, and the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula.  Virginia Peninsula Foodbank has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for 14 consecutive years. Our vision is to inspire hope by leading the effort for a hunger-free and properly nourished community.  For more information, visit us online at our www.hrfoodbank.org, Facebook, and on Twitter.