The Hokie Food Drive 2013 happens just before Virginia Tech’s first home football game of the season with Virginia Tech vs Western Carolina.

Donations of non-perishable food will be collected for The Giving Tree Food Pantry, a non-profit, all volunteer food pantry dedicated to serving the hungry in the New River Valley.

The Giving Tree Food Pantry helps over 350 families a month and the numbers are growing.

Donations will be collected at the Kroger located on University City Boulevard in Blacksburg before the football game.

Drop-off times are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The pantry is mostly in need of breakfast cereals, canned fish, meats and fruits.

Here's a full list of needed items:

Breakfast cereals.

Fish, canned: salmon, tuna.

Meats, canned: chicken, beef stew, chili.

Fruits, canned.

Meals, boxed: complete dinners, helper and pasta meals.

Pasta, canned or dry: ravioli, macaroni, noodles, spaghetti.

Peanut butter.

Rice: instant and dinners.

Soup: canned and boxed.

Snack Items: dried fruit, granola bars, whole grain crackers, can/ bag nuts, trail mix.

Tomato products: canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste.

Monetary donations will also be collected.

For additional information contact, call Tom Wallace at (540) 505-8499, or click here.