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Nov. 30, 2020 Update - 3 p.m.

Governor and First Lady Northam, Cabinet Members Volunteer at Food Banks Across Virginia
Ongoing pandemic has put thousands of Virginia families at risk of food insecurity, increased demand for food banks

Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady Pamela Northam and members of the Governor’s Cabinet volunteered at food banks throughout Virginia on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, highlighting the critical role food banks are filling for Virginians facing food insecurity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased food insecurity across the Commonwealth and as a result, more Virginians are using the services of food banks and other food programs. Prior to the pandemic, approximately 850,000 Virginians, including 250,000 children, did not know where their next meal would come from. Feeding America estimates that the ongoing pandemic could make up to 275,000 more Virginians food insecure.

The Federation of Virginia Food Banks operates seven regional Feeding America food banks across the Commonwealth that distribute food to partners within their regions. To support Virginia food banks or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please visit vafoodbanks.org.

In July, the Commonwealth committed an initial $1.4 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to help launch a new statewide initiative with Sentara Healthcare, Truist and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks called the “We Care” COVID-19 Virginia Emergency Food Support Plan, providing approximately 100,000 food boxes to Virginia families.

Earlier this month, Governor Northam allocated $7 million in federal CARES Act dollars to help Virginia food banks to continue to provide food to Virginians who need it. This funding is in addition to $650,000 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding to support food bank services. In October, Governor Northam and the Children’s Cabinet released the Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger, a set of goals and strategies to prioritize food security during the Commonwealth’s response to COVID-19 and beyond.

Read the full news release on the Virginia Governor Newsroom