Richmond, VA – Gov. Bob McDonnell kicked off the first annual "Governor's Bowl" food and fund drive Monday morning.
The bowl is a campaign to keep Virginia's food banks stocked during the summer months, which are usually slower for food donations.
The competition runs from Memorial Day to Independence Day and is organized regionally.
In a press release from the governor's office, McDonnell said:
"The ‘Governor's Bowl' is a unique opportunity to bring large corporations, small businesses and public sector employees together for a cause that everyone can agree with – and that is combatting hunger in our communities. As Virginians, we are fortunate to live in a Commonwealth full of plenty; however, hunger remains pervasive. Since 2006, Virginia food banks have seen a 54 percent increase in demand. In the last six months, food banks have experienced a drop of 50 percent in food donations. Summer months are particularly tough for food banks to keep their shelves stocked. Today, we are challenging the business community and our great state agencies to join in this new competition that will help our food banks during one of its most challenging times for food banks in Virginia, especially with the number of children who are out of school and do not have access to before and after school meal programs."
Get more information on the "Governor's Bowl."