Starvation Heroes! Foodbank challenges Hampton Roads organizations in meals, cash assortment competitors

For the fourth time, the Foodbank is holding its Hunger Heroes competition in southeast Virginia and the east coast. The demand for food is increasing in the region.

NORFOLK, VA. The Southeast Virginia Foodbank continues to confuse the question of how people can donate food and money to feed Hampton Roads neighbors struggling with food insecurity.

Hunger heroes is a food and fundraising contest open to local businesses, sports teams, clubs, youth groups, and families, starting on May 17th and culminating on June 11th.

Participants earn points for every pound of food donated or dollars raised, as well as other activities – such as volunteering, coordinating a food drive, posting on social media, and helping other teams register.

These points are added at the end of the competition and the organization with the most points wins.

Emma Inman, vice president of programs and development at the food bank, said Hampton Roads is no stranger to food security.

Foodbank expects food insecurity to increase by 17% for individuals and by 18% for children in southeast Virginia and the east coast in 2021 compared to 2019.

“We distributed about 17 million pounds of food at Hampton Roads during the pandemic. The average amount of food we distributed in the pre-pandemic years was typically 15 million,” Inman said. “This number only shows the great need in our region.”

Inman said it was a way to stir up excitement in a helpful effort, saying, “We want a little edge. This competition picks up on that spirit and puts everyone in a really friendly competition in order to be able to help our neighbors.”

At the end of the competition, the Foodbank will count donations and distribute them to families and individuals in Hampton Roads.

Inman said you still have time to check in before Monday. If you want to involve your organization, Click here.