Taylor '21 is interviewed by WAVY 10 reporter for the food drive.


Students Host Food Drive for Foodbank

Juniors Taylor O’Neal ’21 and Jessica Magee ’21 wanted to help the Hampton Roads community during the COVD-19 pandemic. As members of Norfolk Collegiate’s upper school Foodbank Club, the two sprang into action and asked to host a food drive for those in need.

On Wednesday, May 6, they sponsored a student-led food drive to support the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. In correlation with a school sponsored spirit yard sign pick-up, the two asked the community to bring food to help those in need, especially canned vegetables, pasta, beans, rice and hygiene products.

“We did a food drive in November and we collected 400 cans, and we’re hoping we'll exceed that today,” said Taylor.

The Foodbank Club had planned to host a spring food drive, and then schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s really exciting, it’s definitely much better than sitting at home, and you get to contribute to people who need it,” explained Taylor.

“It feels pretty good because this is probably like one of the first times I’ve actually left the house... so it feels really good just to be out and be able to do something for others,” added Jessica.

Thanks to the generous Norfolk Collegiate community, the girls were able to collect well over 1,000 items. Additionally, more people donated on the second day of sign pick-up and more than 600 items were donated on the second day.

Reporters with WAVY 10 and 13 News Now were there to capture the event for the Hampton Roads community. Click here to view the 13 News Now segment.