Photos by Shawn Nowlin
Many area pupils lent a helping hand throughout the entire event.

A more in-depth look at the numbers are even more alarming: households with children are more likely to be food insecure than those without children, 5.4 million seniors struggled to afford enough to eat in 2016 and an estimated sixty percent of the worlds hungry are women or girls.

To help thwart those statistics, thousands of Southwest Virginia residents participated in the nation’s largest single-day food drive last Saturday, May 12. Around 10 a.m., people started gathering at the Salem Civic Center to organize boxes, filter through non-perishable food items and do whatever else was required.

“As a father, I think that it’s important to instill in my children an understanding that being active in the community is part of their civic responsibility. That is why I took them to volunteer at the local canned food drive,” Representative Morgan Griffith said. “Local food banks, churches and service organizations are some of the best ways to help the less fortunate right in your own community.”

Jenny McCormick, Executive Director of the Salem Food Pantry, said,…

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