United Way of Central Virginia kicked off its annual October Food Drive Friday.
During the month of October, local food pantries need help restocking their supply as the holiday season is approaching, UWCV said in a news release.
Every year, the food donations benefits local nonprofit agencies fighting hunger.
This year, the 11 benefiting agencies are: Bedford Church of God Food Pantry, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, DAWN, Missionary Food Bank, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Park View Community Mission, Piedmont Community Impact, Prospect Food Pantry, Rivermont Area Food Pantry, Rustburg United Methodist Church Food Pantry and the Salvation Army.
The list of items that UWCV is collecting is: apple sauce, canned soup, coffee/tea, mac and cheese, rice, canned fruit, canned veggies, canned meats, condiments, cereal, dish soap, flour, pancake mix, syrup, baby food, pasta sauce, hamburger helper, juices, instant potatoes, beans, and sugar-free options.
The UWCV asks for only individual or family-sized items and no large items.
It also encourages the donation of high-demand protein items, such as canned tuna, salmon, chicken and peanut and other nut butters.
UWCV is calling on the community to either donate a food item or host a food drive within their community or business. If a business would like to participate, contact Dawn Wise at [email protected].