Zest Fest to serve up food and drinks to support feeding programs in RVA

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — One out of every seven people in Central Virginia are hungry. Many of them will turn to Feed More for help.   

The non-profit has 300 partners that help distribute food to 34 counties and five cities across the region.  

“We have after-school feeding programs … we have senior feeding programs where they’re getting shelf-stable food to help them get through the month,” said Feed More Events Coordinator Christy Dalton. “We have our backpack program that’s getting kids food on the weekends when they are not in school.”

8News took a tour of the Feed More agency shopping area. That’s where food banks or their feeding programs come to do their grocery shopping — just like you would when you go to the grocery store.   

The aisles are full of bread, produce, snacks and drinks that have been donated by food distributors, companies and the public.    

But they can’t do it just with food donations alone. They also need a lot of volunteers and funds to keep the shelves filled for all the programs.

Here’s how the food math works out: $10 is 40 meals and $1 is 4 meals. 

But you don’t have to donate up front; you can also come out to Zest Fest to learn more about the organization, try some great food and help support Feed More.

“We are really excited for Main Street Station. We are serving dinner family-style this year, so we have a menu that’s created, inspired and prepared by J. Frank — our community kitchen and mosaic,” Dalton said. “We’ve got some wonderful appetizer chefs coming in. And last year’s Zest Fest helped us provide over 600,000 meals for our clients in here Central Virginia.”

You can get your tickets to Zest Fest right now. It’s taking place on Friday, May 3 at the Main Street Station. You can learn more about Feed More by clicking or tapping here.

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