Rotary food drive nets 7,500 pounds of food

Contributed by Mike Feazel

The spring food drive organized by the Fluvanna Rotary April 8 collected about 7,500 pounds of food to be distributed to the needy by the MACAA Food Bank, organizers said. They said the four food drives since the pandemic began have netted a total of 34,500 pounds of food and about $10,000 cash for the food bank.

“This is just a wonderful community that pulls together and helps each other,” said one of the organizers, Peggy Shanklin, when asked whether she was surprised by the results of the food drive at Lake Monticello. Dozens of volunteers distributed flyers promoting the food drive, drove vehicles making the food pickups, and helped sort, package and deliver the food to MACAA.

One of the volunteers, Sheriff Eric Hess, said volunteering is just “a way to give back to the community.” He said so many people volunteering is “what makes Fluvanna the place it is.” Shanklin said she brought her teenage daughter to help sort to “help instill community values” in her.

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