The University of Mary Washington will launch its 12th annual STOP Hunger Food drive to alleviate hunger in the local community. Donation bins will be placed throughout the Fredericksburg campus from Saturday, Nov. 4, until Monday, Nov. 13. In addition, a curbside collection will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of Giant Food Store in the Eagle Village Shopping Center.
UMW Dining Services, Sodexo and the UMW Athletic Department are sponsoring the food drive. A number of area businesses and organizations will participate in this year’s STOP Hunger event.
“Last year we brought in 6,571 pounds of food for the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank,” said Rose Benedict of UMW Dining Services. “This year we would like to top 8,000 pounds. We appreciate the opportunity to give back to our local community.”
The Food Bank needs canned meats, shelf-stable milk (dry milk or canned milk), peanut butter, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned or boxed pasta dinners, jars of pasta sauce, canned beans, canned fruit juices, instant potatoes and cereals.
“This drive directly benefits Fredericksburg-area residents who suffer from food insecurity,” said Benedict. “I can’t think of anything more important than helping to provide food for those in need.”
For additional information about the food drive, contact Dining@umw.edu or call 540-654-2165.