Stamp Out Hunger food drive collections are down compared to last year

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - One of the areas largest food banks say they didn't get as many donations through the mail this weekend as they'd hoped.

Feeding America Southwest Virginia collected food Saturday during the Stamp Out Hunger campaign. But they say collections are down 11 percent compared to last year. Their numbers show about 140,000 people are food insecure in southwest Virginia. Nearly 40 thousand of them are children, which makes this drive really important.

"One reason is because schools are getting ready to let out for the summer," said Food Resource Manager, Kitty Tabor. "And the children who are getting free and reduced lunch they don't have that during the summertime. So a lot of this food will be benefiting those children."

You can still put food in your mailbox through the end of the week or bring it to the food bank.