HAMPTON ROADS- Deena Walls, a single mother of four from Williamsburg, left an abusive relationship and wound up homeless.
'I had to work up the courage to approach the Peninsula Food Bank for me and my children,' said Walls.
The Peninsula FoodBank is one of hundreds across the country that will benefit from the Outnumber Hunger concert airing Friday night at 8 p.m. on ABC13.
'It made all the difference. I learned how food can be the great comforter and lead to more intervention for food-challenged families, Walls said.
Deena has spent the last 14 years working as an independent missionary at Grove Christian Outreach Center in Williamsburg. The Grove Christian Outreach Center is one of 230 agencies on the Peninsula that relies on the foodbank for supplies to feed families and the less fortunate.
Even military retirees can end up needing help. Wendy Roberson, 55, spent 20 years in the Army. When she lost her job things got tough. Her pension only covers her rent and little else. She takes a bus to the Food Pantry at Vineyard Community Church in Virginia Beach. That pantry receives many of their supplies from the Food Bank of SoutheasternVirginia.
'I don't know what I would do if I didn't have the good people at the food pantry. A new job will get me back on my feet. But for now this supplements my groceries,' said Roberson.
The FoodBank of Southeastern Virginia will also benefit from Outnumber Hunger.
You can help either of the local food banks by donating food at our one day food drive on Friday.