VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Erica Yelland
Date: 04/04/18 Phone: 757.263.1017
News Release No. 046 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: erica.yelland@vbschools.com

Beach Bags food drive brings in record results

The Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Beach Bags food drive held March 22 was the division's most successful drive to date, bringing in more than 12,000 pounds of food and more than $18,000 in donations from the community. VBCPS partnered with the Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF), Pembroke Mall, Southern Bank, Whole Foods Market and WTKR News 3 to host the 12-hour drive.

"The success of this Beach Bags food drive was due to our schools' participation as drop-off locations, our business partners and our community's overwhelming support of the Beach Bags program," said Dr. Amber Rach, VBCPS director of community engagement. "We are extremely grateful to our community and sponsors who continue to demonstrate their ongoing dedication to meet the needs of our students since the launch of this program."

The Beach Bags program was established in 2009 to provide meals and healthy snacks to students who may not have enough to eat during weekends and school vacations. More than 85,000 Beach Bags have been distributed since the program's launch, and more than 14,000 Beach Bags have been provided to students in need this school year.

The program is supported entirely by donations from community members, area businesses and nonprofit, faith-based and school organizations. Tax-deductible monetary donations can be made through the VBEF website at www.vbef.org and food donations are accepted year-round at the School Administration Building located at 2512 George Mason Drive in Virginia Beach.

For more information about the Beach Bags program, to make a donation or sign up to volunteer, contact the Office of Community Engagement at 757-263-1936 or beachbags@vbschools.com.

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