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Va. governor kicks off food drive

Wednesday - 1/25/2012, 1:36pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's business community should launch a competitive food drive to help nonprofit organizations feed people across the state who are hungry.

That's according to Gov. Bob McDonnell, who on Wednesday announced the "Governor's Bowl" food and fund drive. The partnership includes the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks.

McDonnell challenged regional chambers of commerce to participate in a campaign that will run from Memorial Day to Independence Day, when food banks typically see a slowdown in donations.

The effort is modeled on the legal community's "Legal Food Frenzy." McDonnell initiated the lawyers' food drive in 2007, when he was Virginia's attorney general. That program has raised more than 7 million pounds of food since its inception.

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