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Beach Bags bags $8,000 and six tons of food for less fortunate students


VBCPS' fall Beach Bags food drive was a huge success, bringing in more than $8,000 in donations and six tons of food.

A key part of this success was the participation of staff, students and school sites, with more than 70 schools hosting food drives to help support the program.

Now heading into its 10th year, the Beach Bags program provides meals and healthy snacks to hundreds of elementary, middle and high school students, who may not otherwise have access to them during weekends and school vacations.

Donated food is packed by community volunteers and distributed to participating schools throughout the year.

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Now heading into its 10th year, the Beach Bags program provides meals and healthy snacks to hundreds of elementary, middle and high school students, who may not otherwise have access to them during weekends and school vacations.

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Supported entirely through donations from school groups, civic organizations, faith-based groups, military commands, business leaders and community members, all monetary donations go to purchasing food for the program; no administrative fees are removed from donations.

Every $3 donated provides a Beach Bag for a child in need.

Of course, the need is ongoing here in Virginia Beach.

For those still looking for a way to help, consider the following:

• Donate items: Shelf-stable food may be dropped off year-round at the School Administration Building at 2512 George Mason Drive, Building 6.

• Make a tax-deductible donation to the Virginia Beach Education Foundation for the Beach Bags program at www.vbef.org.

• Volunteer to pack Beach Bags throughout the year.

• Coordinate Beach Bags Food Drives and volunteer during a VBCPS Beach Bag Food Drive.

Contact the Office of Community Engagement at 757-263-1936, email beachbags@vbschools.com or visit the Beach Bags program for more information.

The drive was co-hosted by VBCPS, the Virginia Beach Education Foundation, Pembroke Mall and WTKR News 3.

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