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Empty Shelves

School is out for many area youth and will be out next week for the rest. For many kids, this will mean summer camps, plenty of free time and video games. For many parents, summer means higher food bills. And for the parents of the 20,000 area students who qualify for free or reduced lunches and breakfasts, the burden of feeding their children will break their budgets. Many will turn to area food banks and pantries.

This means the shelves will empty fast as food pantries struggle to keep up with the increased demand. Additionally, many of their most loyal donors go on vacation, so donations decrease.

This means most area food pantries desperately need food–especially cereal, peanut butter, jelly, etc. You know, kid stuff.

Two of the area’s largest food pantries are the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank and SERVE.

To help SERVE:

Food donations may be dropped off at 15 Upton Lane, across from the Stafford Courthouse, Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday, 1–4:30 p.m.

Financial donations may be mailed to: SERVE Inc., Box 1357 Stafford, Va. 22555.

To volunteer with SERVE, call 540/288-9603.

To find out more about the food bank, visit or call 540/371-7666.