In the spirit of Thanksgiving and to encourage people to give during the holiday season, U.S. Reps. Robert "Bobby" Scott, D-Newport News, and Eric Cantor, R-Richmond, volunteered together Wednesday at the Richmond's Central Virginia Food Bank.
Scott said it is important to give to those "who normally go without, especially during Thanksgiving.
"This is all made possible by the generous donations of time, money, and food from the people right here in the greater Richmond community who understand that caring for one another should be our number one priority," Scott said.
Cantor said in tough economic times it's important for to work to prevent hunger in local communities.
"I thank all those who have given generously with their time, resources, and food donations, and encourage others to give what they can this holiday season and throughout the year," Cantor said. "Together, we can help feed more families and improve the lives of the entire Richmond community."
The Central Virginia Food Bank takes donations from industry groups, individual donors and community gardens and distributes food to needy families in five cities and 31 counties in central Virginia.
Scott and Cantor were invited to participate by FeedMore, the organization that runs the food bank, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks in order to raise awareness about hunger.
"Hunger is not a far-away problem, yet it has such far-reaching consequences," said FeedMore's chief philanthropy officer Gayle Haglund. "As we prepare for Thanksgiving, their visit reminds us that just as hunger impacts a diverse population in a wide variety of situations, it is also a challenge that will require all of our solutions."