Elected Officials Visit the Foodbank

Written by Adam Jordan

Often we are lead to believe that our elected leaders are out of touch, and are more concerned with keeping their jobs, rather than truly making a difference in the lives of their constituents. This could not be further from reality in Hampton Roads. On September 4th, elected officials from all sides of the political spectrum came together for a common purpose: reducing hunger in the community. Congressman Scott, Delegates, Mayors, Council Members and more packed bags and sorted donations in a unifying display of service and bipartisanship. Everyone enjoyed the rewarding work of helping others on the occasion which marked a collaborative effort on the part of local government and Foodbank volunteers. This special day served as a reminder of what can be accomplished when we all come together to make a difference for those in our country who just need a little help. See all of the pictures on Facebook.

Those in attendance included the following –

Congressman Bobby Scott

Senator Mamie Locke, 2nd Senate District for Hampton

Delegate David Yancey, 94th District, along with members of his staff

Delegate Mayme BaCote, 95th District

Delegate Brenda L. Pogge, 96th District



Hampton Mayor George Wallace

Vice Mayor Linda Curtis

Phyllis Henry, Hampton School Board Member


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Newport News Mayor McKinley Price

Vice Mayor Rob Coleman

Shelly Simonds, Newport News School Board

Sheriff Gabe Morgan



Buddy Green, City Council

Traci-Dale Crawford, City Council



Ruth Larson, School Board Chair

Jim Kelly, School Board Vice Chair


September 4th was Elected Officials and Turn Orange Day at the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank in support of Hunger Action Month.