NORFOLK --Chesapeake Riders MotorcycleClubdropped 3,400 pounds Tuesday, and a lot offamilies in Hampton Roads will benefit because of it.

'This is the peak of our day, because we're helping people,' says Gloria 'Sweet Cheeks' Mack, 'and it warms ourheart.'

The group is among many in thearea trying to make sure the food drivecoinciding with the visit of ABC's ExtremeMakeover: Home Edition isa huge success.

'I've been in this area for about 13 years,' says Joanne Batson, CEO of The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, 'andI have never seen the community come togetherlike this. Itis, truly, a defining moment in the time I've been here, justunbelievable.

The goal of the drive is to collect307,000pounds of food which will be sharedbyThe Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, TheFoodbank of the Virginia Peninsula,andFood Bank of the Albemarle.

The amount may soundlike a huge amount, butBatson points outher organizationdistributes more than 1,000,000 pounds of food eachmonth.

'InJanuary and February, whenpeople are not really thinking aboutthe holiday dinners, the donations go down, sothis could not come at a better time,' Batson tells13News. 'It'sjustabsolutely phenomenal.'

'The tiredness and the pain will be for a good cause, and as long as it's for a good cause, that's very good,' notes Calvin 'Cool Pop' Parker as he helps offload the Chesapeake Riders' bus.

'AsI see thatall the crates and everything, I just feel so blessed that Iknow somebody that'snot gonna go hungry,'Teresa 'Cupcakes' King shares.

'We did a good job. Wehelped a lot of people inHampton Roads, and that makes us feel good,' says Mack.

As of late Tuesday, Batson says the drive was about halfway to its goal of 307,000 pounds. It runs throughFebruary 5.

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