September is "Hunger Action Month", and the Newsplex is taking action. For the fifth year the Newsplex is teaming up with the Giant on Pantops in Charlottesville to help 'Stuff A Truck.'
The Newsplex, along with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, will be in front of the Giant Grocery store on Pantops on Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., collecting any non-perishable foods.
The goal is to collect 5,000 pounds of food this year. All of that will go to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, which distributes 18 million meals to hungry families across the Blue Ridge.
The food bank says its supply is low this time of year.
"Our shelves are empty, literally empty. We have very little food, demand is incredibly high. Currently we're feeding in Charlottesville, and the surrounding counties, 25,000 people a month. Unfortunately this time of year, donations dwindle," said Joseph Caputi of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is in need of is pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, and rice. Food isn't the only donations the bank is accepting.
"Personal care items. Shampoo, soaps, deodorants, because those are things that SNAP doesn't pay for, or food stamps don't pay for. They're necessities for most people," said Caputi.
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