Teachers Association, AARP collect for food pantry

The Shenandoah County Retired Teachers Association has announced its members participated in the AARP Virginia Statewide Community Food Drive! on Sept. 3, collecting food and donated them along with $483 cash collected to Luke’s Backpack, a weekend feeding program for students in Shenandoah County.

At the December meeting, SCRTA plans to collect food for the Compassion Cupboard Food Pantry in Strasburg. Each year in December, food is collected and donated to a Shenandoah County food pantry on a rotating basis.

The AARP Virginia Statewide Community Food Drive began in September, with more than 150 collection sites statewide accepting food for community food banks and food pantries.

Virginians who want to help can make a difference in their community by filling a bag with non-perishable food that local food banks need the most, including peanut butter, chunky soups, canned meats, canned tuna, canned vegetables, crackers, hot and cold cereal, pasta, rice and canned fruit. No glass containers, please. To find a food collection site, visit www.createthegood.org/va or dial 2-1-1. The list is updated regularly.

More than 900,000 Virginians are at risk for hunger. AARP Virginia has been holding a statewide food drive for five years, but though requests for food assistance have increased, donations to food banks have decreased.

For the statewide food drive this year, AARP Virginia has teamed up with AmeriCorps Virginia, Federation of Virginia Food Banks, Northern Virginia Urban League, TRIAD and Urban League of Hampton Roads.

The SCRTA also invited all newly retired education employees to the breakfast as guests, with 18 attending and welcomed to retirement on the first day of school in Shenandoah County.