VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Erica Yelland
Date: 11/05/18 Phone: 757.263.1017
News Release No. 023 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: erica.yelland@vbschools.com

Successful Beach Bags food drive
brings in over six tons of food

The Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Beach Bags food drive held Oct. 25 brought in more than $8,000 in donations from the community and more than 12,000 pounds of food. VBCPS partnered with the Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF), Pembroke Mall and WTKR News 3 to host the 10-hour drive.

"The success of this Beach Bags food drive was due to the 74 participating schools serving as drop-off locations, our business partners and our community's overwhelming generous support of the Beach Bags program," said Dr. Amber Rach, VBCPS director of community engagement. "We are tremendously 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 93,000 Beach Bags have been distributed since the program's launch.

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. Every $3 donated provides a Beach Bag for a child and 100 percent of all monetary donations is used to purchase of shelf-stable food. Individually sized food donations are also accepted year-round at the school division's administration building, located at 2512 George Mason Drive in Virginia Beach.

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

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