A Virginia Beach cleaning business recently landed as one of the top-five collection spots in a nationwide summer food drive for children.
The local food drive was overseen by David Rivera, who co-owns with his wife, Bambi, the Virginia Beach franchise of The Cleaning Authority, a residential cleaning service located at 178 Thalia Shoppes Dr. Last month, Rivera and his employees asked customers for non-perishable food they could donate to the Food Bank of Southeast Virginia and the Eastern Shore in Norfolk. They wanted items that could be earmarked for children who wouldn’t have school lunches during summer vacation, Rivera said in an interview.
The response took him by surprise.
“It was unbelievable the stuff we got,” Rivera said.
Donations included canned goods and kid-friendly items such as popcorn, juices and squeezable peanut butter and jelly.
All told, the drive collected 2,386 pounds of donated food, Taylor Miller, the Food Bank’s donor engagement coordinator, said in an email. That translates into more than 1,900 meals, she said.
In an interview, Miller called the donation “sizeable,” especially for a first-time effort.
The donations collected by Rivera and his employees will be directed to families and children through the Food Bank’s partner agencies, including food pantries and places of worship, Miller said.
The local food drive was part of a national project, The Cleaning Authority CARES, undertaken by the company to fight hunger. Rivera’s franchise ranked No. 4 among participants nationwide, according to a spokesperson for The Cleaning Authority, who responded in an email. The other top five finishers were Cleaning Authority franchises in: Knoxville, Tenn. (No.1); Columbia, Md. (No. 2); Fairfax, Va. (No. 3); and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (No. 5).
To learn how to make a donation, go to the Food Bank’s web site: http://www.foodbankonline.org