The Twenty-Fifth Annual Mayflower Marathon Food and Fund Drive kicked off on the Peninsula today to bring joy, happiness, and nourishment to families across the Greater Virginia Peninsula who are experiencing food insecurity. Presented by 106.9 The Fox and FM 99, the Mayflower Marathon is the Peninsula’s largest holiday food drive benefiting the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.
According to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank’s website, the annual event has helped put millions of meals on the table for local families. As expected, the covid-19 pandemic has impacted thousands more people, so help is needed more than ever.
The 57.5-hour food drive—beginning at 5:30am on Friday, November 19 and running through 3pm on Sunday, November 21—makes it easy for people to donate. Drive-through drop-off spots allow people to give without even getting out of their vehicles. Drop locations include:
5007-2 Victory Boulevard, Tabb/Yorktown
Friday and Saturday from 7am to 7pm
Sunday from 7am to 3pm
1050 W. Mercury Boulevard, Hampton
Around the clock from Friday 5:30 am to Sunday 3 pm
Most needed items include frozen turkeys, canned meats (tuna, chicken, spam), hearty meal soups, instant potatoes, family-sized boxes of rice, spaghetti/pasta meals, jelly, canned fruits and vegetables, gravy, cereal, 100-percent juices, canned beans (pinto, black, kidney, garbanzo), and baby food and formula.
Monetary donations are also being accepted. For every dollar donated, the Foodbank can provide the equivalent of four meals.
Interested parties who would like to support the Mayflower Marathon but are unable to attend the event in person can donate online. For additional information about the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, including volunteer opportunities, visit their website at www.hrfoodbank.org.