VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Erica Yelland
Date: 03/14/18 Phone: 757.263.1017
News Release No. 044 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: erica.yelland@vbschools.com

VBCPS to host Beach Bags food drive March 22

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) and the Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) are partnering with WTKR NewsChannel 3, Southern Bank, Whole Foods Market and Pembroke Mall to host a Beach Bags food drive Thursday, March 22. The Beach Bags program provides shelf-stable meals and healthy snacks to VBCPS students who might otherwise go hungry during weekends and school vacations.

The outreach program is supported entirely by donations from community members, area businesses and school organizations. Volunteers will collect both monetary and food donations for the Beach Bags program from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at multiple locations in Virginia Beach: Pembroke Mall (Kohl's parking lot behind Walgreens) at 4554 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Southern Bank at any Virginia Beach branch, Whole Foods Market at 1800 Laskin Road and 60 participating neighborhood schools. Additionally, 60 VBCPS schools are volunteering to set up collection boxes at their respective locations and encouraging their students, staff and communities to bring in donations.

Any of the following food items may be donated to be packed in Beach Bags for students:

  • Individual-sized cereal boxes or oatmeal
  • 8-ounce servings of shelf-stable milk
  • Individual-sized meals (ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese, chunky soups, etc.)
  • 4-ounce or larger fruit cups
  • 100% juice boxes
  • Snack items (granola bars, pudding cups, pretzels, trail mix, snack crackers, etc.)

Tax-deductible donations may be made payable to the VBEF and through their website at www.vbef.org.

Individuals, businesses and organizations may make food or monetary donations to the Beach Bags program throughout the year by contacting the Office of Community Engagement at 757-263-1936 or beachbags@vbschools.com. For more information about the program, visit www.vbschools.com/beachbags.

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