The staff at Westmoreland State Park decided that instead of exchanging gifts this year they would do something that would have more meaning and we invite you to join us!
Westmoreland State Park Staff loading up the food bins
So they are challenging each other to bring in non-perishable food for the Northern Neck Food Bank to provide nourishment for the holidays.
If you have ever been to the park, you know how friendly, inviting and helpful the staff can be. And now they are doing even more than providing assistance to the park visitors. They are providing assistance to the community.
The Northern Neck Food Bank provides food through the local food banks. Their mission:To be an advocate for new and existing food pantries in the Northern Neck by providing them with low-cost nutritional food and logistical support in the way of storage, transportation and distribution.
What I find in very impressive is that the NNFB works with local farmers to provide fresh produce for the area dinner tables. Volunteers come from all over the US to help pick produce for the area hungry.
This time of year while it is difficult to supply fresh produce to the families in need it is still very important to provide as much nutrition as possible. That is why the staff at the park is encouraging healthy choices so people that benefit from the food bank can get as much nutrition out of the food donations as possible. Empty calories may fill your tummy but it does not keep people healthy enough to stave off sickness this time of year.
Santa brings cheer to Westmoreland State Park
If you are interested in helping out, please drop off your food donations to the park office untilDecember 22nd. The staff can be found there from Monday through Friday from 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.
Or, you can also bring your donation and join us for the Holiday Fest December 21st1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. If you come out to the Holiday Fest at Murphy Hall you can enjoy fresh baked cookies, live music, holiday crafts, sipping hot chocolate by the fire, visit Santa and get a great deal on gifts in the gift shop and camp store.
Admission to the event is free!Northern Neck Food Bank
Family roasting marshmallows behind Murphy Hall during Holiday Fest
Please join us this holiday season as we take advantage of this opportunity for kindness at Westmoreland State Park
here.For more information on all the programs at the park, please call (804)493-8821.