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Summer months have left local food banks with empty shelves

Ruritan Clubs and the AARP are holding a donation drive this weekend to help food banks replenish their supplies

September 10, 2010|Tim Saunders | Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief

LYNCHBURG, Va. — September is a tough time for local food banks.  Their warehouses are nearly empty after high demand during the summer months.

Officials at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Lynchburg say requests for food go up when school is out of session.

That's because children are eating more meals at home.

Blue Ridge is one of many food banks that will benefit from a donation drive this weekend.

Ruritan Clubs and AARP are collecting items Saturday to give food banks across Virginia enough supplies to make it through the winter.

"Our last big food drive is usually the postal drive and that gets us through for a while," says Kristi West, branch manager of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank's Lynchburg location.  "By this point in the year, we are just extremely low, so we're very excited to get the food in and we're really in need of it right now."

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This weekend's drive is part of AARP's "Create the Good" campaign

Click here for a list of donation sites and collection times.

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