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Gleaning Teams Up with Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

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Concord, VA - Gleaning for the World is teaming up with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank to help take care of some of those struggling families in our area.

Their goal is to send one million meals to families in need in Central Virginia, but they need your help to meet that goal.

To donate, click here.

PRESS RELEASE

September 29, 2010 | Concord, VA – The down-trickling economy over the last couple of years has significantly impacted families across Central Virginia. The labor force continues to decline for the state of Virginia with the unemployment rate at 7%. With another nose dive anticipated by economic forecasters, there are thousands of families in our own community who need assistance now.

In partnership with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and other agencies, Gleaning For The World is preparing to provide our largest food donation to date to people in our surrounding areas. Our goal is to send up to one million meals to families in need in Central Virginia and other areas served by the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

Thanks to recent grocery donors, we have already provided more than 108,000 pounds of food and hydration to our local food bank. Our ongoing partnership will provide as many as 26 tractor-trailers or 10 percent of daily food needs throughout the next year to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

In order to continue our efforts to support families who suffer from hunger, we are counting on our community to sustain this vision with financial support. We encourage supporters to make contributions by writing a check to Gleaning For The World at PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538 or online at www.gftw.org

According to Larry Zippin, Chief Executive for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, "The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB) is grateful to Gleaning For The World for entering into a partnership which will enable us, as a result of GFTW's acquiring hundreds of thousands of pounds of food products and other dry goods, to provide emergency food to thousands of hungry people throughout communities served by BRAFB."

"There are too many families who go without the nutrition they need to feed their children," says Rev Ron Davidson, President and COO for Gleaning For The World. "Our vision is to make certain these families have what they need, and we will do everything we can to make this happen. We are trusting that others will step forward and help continue this effort with their support."

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