Governor’s Bowl Food Drive

A first-in-the nation statewide drive to collect food donations through local Chambers of Commerce will kick off on Memorial Day.

The “Governor’s Bowl” will allow businesses and state agencies to compete for special awards given to the organizations that collect the greatest amount of food and cash donations.

Governor McDonnell said in the last six years, demand at Virginia’s food banks has increased by 54%, while there’s been a 50% decline in contributions statewide.

“Too many times we hear that businesses are only interested in profit and not interested in people. But I assure you that the CEOs and the business people that I know—small and large businesses across this Commonwealth—are interested in the lives of those people who work directly for them and those in the community who are less fortunate,” said Virginia Chamber of Commerce President Barry DuVal.

The awards will be based on each organization’s size. The food drive will continue through the Fourth of July. –Anne Marie Morgan

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