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Food Drive to Support the S.O.S. Backpack Program

The S.O.S. Backpack Program (Sustaining Our Students), is a component of the Central Virginia School Readiness Initiative (CVSRI), in collaboration with United Way of Central Virginia and its community partners.  Donations to the Food Drive are accepted at all times.

Who does the drive benefit?

The following Elementary Schools in the Central Virginia Area:

  • Paul Munro

  • Big Island

  • Perrymont

  • Rustburg

What types of donations are you accepting?

We are accepting donations of new back packs, as well as food donations of:

  • Canned Chili, Stew, or Chicken & Dumplings

  • Soup (individual & large size for families)

  • Tuna, Spam, Canned Chicken

  • Spaghetti or Ravioli

  • Mashed Potatoes or Rice

  • Goldfish, Pretzels, Microwave Popcorn

  • Granola Bars, Raisins

  • Macaroni and Cheese Singles

  • Apple Sauce (individual cups)

  • Pudding Cups, Fruit Cups

  • Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit

  • Oatmeal, Peanut Butter (small jars)

  • Cereals(box or individual bowls) or Poptarts

Where can I bring my donations?

Donations are being collected (year round) at United Way of Central VA, at 1010 Miller Park Square in Lynchburg, 24501. For more information about the drive, you can contact Dawn Wise at United Way of Central Virginia at (434) 455-6900 or e-mail at

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