Department of Human Services Hosting Drive-Thru Food Pantry on April 27

Monday, April 19, 2021

The Virginia Beach Department of Human Services (DHS) along with its partner, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, will hold a third drive-thru food pantry for Virginia Beach residents at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 27 in the parking lot of the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, 3550 Cellar Door Way. Fresh food and pantry essentials will be handed out on a first come, first served basis until 1 p.m. or supplies run out, whichever occurs first.

Vehicles can join the line by entering through Dam Neck Road, where signs and volunteers will direct traffic to the loading stations. Participants are asked to remain in their vehicles at all times to limit person-to-person contact. A photo ID will be necessary to verify Virginia Beach residency.

All items will be prepacked into bags and/or boxes containing a mix of fresh and shelf-stable foods such as fruit & vegetables, bread, dairy products, frozen meats, canned goods, and some staple items such as pasta, sugar and flour. No substitutions are allowed. Staff and volunteers, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, will load the groceries into the trunks or rear storage areas of participating vehicles.

"The financial impacts of the pandemic are an ongoing concern for many families and individuals in our community," said DHS Director Aileen L. Smith. "DHS is proud to be a partner with the Foodbank, serving alongside them to get food into the hands of those who need it most."

"Throughout this public health crisis, ensuring people have access to healthy, nutritious food has been the top priority for the Foodbank," said Emma Inman APR, Vice President, Programs and Development of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. "The partnership with DHS, along with our other Virginia Beach partner agencies, extends our service to the many individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic."

On Oct. 20, 2020, the Virginia Beach City Council voted to provide an $8 million grant to launch the Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership, which the United Way of South Hampton Roads is managing, to engage other local nonprofits, such as the Foodbank, to provide relief to Virginia Beach residents. This and previous drive-thru pantries are a direct result of that partnership. To date, we have served more than 2,200 households with the Foodbank. Other relief measures included in the grant provide assistance for small businesses and individuals/families as well as workforce development programs.

For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus and follow us on facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and instagram.com/cityofvabeach.

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