The 20th annual Mayflower Marathon Food and Fund Drive resulted in the collection of more than 652,000 meals for food insecure families in the Hampton Roads area, announced media sponsors FM99 and 106.9 The Fox.
From Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20, radio personalities and representatives from the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia & the Eastern Shore and the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank were on hand at three collection locations to receive food items for local families.
Hundreds of donors and community partners supported the initiative by dropping off frozen turkeys and the traditional, non-perishable Thanksgiving trimmings to one of the locations in the area – the Coliseum Marketplace at Coliseum Central in Hampton, First Team Subaru Kia in Suffolk, and Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach.
“The Mayflower Marathon provides the boost in donations we need to provide children and families with hearty and healthy meals during the holiday season,” said Ruth Jones Nichols, CEO of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. “Last year, the food and fund drive provided more than 620,000 meals; and with the help of new and established partnerships with the local business community, we are able to increase the number of families served this year.”
Both food banks distributed donations to community-based partner agencies.