Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe is keeping his word ahead of being sworn into office next week. He called for today to be a day of service across the Commonwealth. McAuliffe spent the day volunteering at Feeding America Southwest Virginia's Abingdon Distribution Center.
The cold weather didn't stop volunteers Saturday morning as they took time out of their schedule to give back. The sorting room at the Feeding America Southwest Virginia's Salem Distribution Center was anything but quiet.
Over a dozen volunteers sorted through donated food items, checking expiration dates.
“We see that food stamps are going to be cut. We see that unemployment insurance is going to be cut.
These are big holes in the social net. People are hungry and homeless,” volunteer Gunther Hoyt.
The day of service is a day dedicated to volunteering at local charities that benefit those in need.
“The McAuliffe's wanted us all to have a day of service across Virginia to help out other Virginians. And carry through on some of their campaign messaging of caring for local communities that are needing lots of help especially at this time of year,” said volunteer Nathan Auldridge.
Those who work in Salem say public donations are crucial.
“It's very important and right after the holidays donations start to decline, because that's when the food drives are over with, so this is a great way for us to get the word out,” said Kitty Tabor.
The organization currently provides more than $32,000,000 of support, it an effort that's helped through volunteers.
If you want to volunteer contact Feeding America here.
Thousands of Virginians area invited to Saturday’s Commonwealth Day of Service. Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe is expected to volunteer at the service day at a food bank distribution center in Abingdon. The Feeding America center in Salem also has space for volunteers.
McAuliffe will also take time to thank volunteers. The workers say the gesture isn't going unnoticed.
“It's a great mission and an important mission and to have the support of the new governor is a tremendous thing for us,” said Walker Nelms with the Feeding America Southwest Virginia.
The food bank says donations slow down after the holidays, and they still need your help.