Operation Extinguish Hunger Still Putting Food on the Table

Thursday, November 21, 2019

​It has been a little less than three years since the Virginia Beach Fire Department partnered with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore to launch the "Extinguish Hunger" initiative to collect food for families in need, not just in Virginia Beach but across the region.  The program relies on the generosity of VB residents, asking them to drop non-perishable food donations off at collection points located at every fire station in the city.  Thus far, VBFD has delivered well over 3-tons of food to the Foodbank in 2019.  That translates into more than 4000 meals for people struggling with hunger. 

This initiative to feed those in need actually began as an effort to help Virginia Beach residents who were directly impacted by the severe flooding Hurricane Matthew left behind in October of 2016.  Citizens responded to the VBFD's call for food donations in a big way!  In just a few short weeks VBFD collected nearly 4000-pounds of food which the Foodbank turned into 3300 meals for distribution.

As we head into the holiday season, we are asking our friends in the media to help us remind our citizens that the "Extinguish Hunger" campaign is still in operation.  Citizens can bring their nonperishable food donations to any neighborhood fire station​.  Just look for the "Extinguish Hunger" flyer posted by the front entrance of any VB fire station to locate your drop-off point .  Extinguish Hunger is just one more example of how we are, VB Strong!