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NORFOLK -- The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore received $10,000 from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to support the Mobile Pantry Program.

Perdue Farms also contributed 20,000 pounds of chicken products as part of the donation.

The contribution will enable the Foodbank to distribute close to 40,000 meals to children, seniors, and families facing hunger in Northampton and Accomack counties.

'Being able to distribute healthy items like lean chicken is critical because it is a great source of protein that our customers need in their daily diet, but often have to go without,' said Marianne Smith Vargas, Chief Philanthropy Officer for the Foodbank.

The Foodbank takes a specialized refrigerated truck filled with both dry and fresh items to specific locations five days per week. Last year alone the Foodbank distributed more than 952,000 meals through this program.

On the Eastern Shore, there are two monthly Mobile Pantry distributions with a third being added soon.

You can support the Foodbank in many ways. Click here for more information.

On Tuesday, April 8, Smithfield Foods and Harris Teeter will donate 80,000 pounds of food to the foodbanks on the Peninsula and Southside. It's part of Smithfield's Helping Hungry Homes program, which donates food to foodbanks, after-school nutrition programs and natural disaster relief efforts.

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