More than 20 Eastern Shore restaurants will bring out their most tempting edibles on Sunday, April 11 at the Workforce Center, Eastern Shore Community College in Melfa, Virginia to raise money for the Foodbank on the Eastern Shore, a branch of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. Presented by the Melfa Rotary Club, this 11th annual event will be an exciting afternoon of food tasting from your favorite local restaurants from 3:00-6:00 pm.
"Our hungry neighbors up and down the Shore depend on our Foodbank," said Charmin Horton, Manager of the Eastern Shore branch. "The Rotary Club and all of the restaurants involved help us make it possible to distribute groceries to those who need it. I encourage everyone to come, eat, and support the Foodbanks mission of feeding the hungry."
The Foodbank on the Eastern Shore annually serves over 29,000 local working individuals, children, and senior citizens struggling to put food on the table. It takes more than 900,000 pounds of donated and purchased food every year to keep them from going hungry.
A limited number of tickets are now on sale on and can be purchased from any Melfa Rotary member; at the Foodbank in Tasley; The Book Bin, Four Corner Plaza in Onley; Rayfields Pharmacy in both Nassawadox and Cape Charles and H & H Pharmacy in Oak Hall and Chincoteague. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Early purchases are recommended. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door (if available). For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Foodbank at 757-787-2557.
Since 1981, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, a member of Feeding America The Nation's Food Bank Network, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, has been providing food for hungry people throughout Southeastern Virginia. Since its inception, the Foodbank has distributed over 183 million pounds of food throughout its 3,500 square mile Southeastern Virginia service area which includes the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Franklin and Virginia Beach as well as the counties of Southampton, Northampton, Sussex, Isle of Wight and Accomack. During the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the Foodbank distributed over 11 million pounds of food to more than 330,000 individuals. For more information, visit www.foodbankonline.org.
Rotary, an international service organization, has 30,000 clubs in 162 countries with 1,200,000 members worldwide. Rotary is dedicated to providing leadership through club/vocational/international and local community service projects. The Melfa Rotary Club, one of four Rotary clubs on the Eastern Shore, meets Tuesday mornings at Sunrise Restaurant. Taste of the Eastern Shore is one of several community service projects it sponsors each year.