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State Agencies Team Up to Battle Hunger in the Governor's Bowl

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Virginia's Chambers of Commerce and state agencies are teaming up with Feeding America Southwest Virginia to help those in need in the commonwealth.

Governor Bob McDonnell has kicked off the second annual Governor's Bowl food drive.

Groups are challenged to see who can collect the most donations to restock the shelves at food banks across the state.

Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debbie Kavitz says area businesses have jumped at the chance to get involved again.

"It was such a great success last year, and the thing that we didn't talk about very much, but was the byproduct, was the camaraderie among the group and the people working together," Kavitz said.

"I just appreciate the work because we know Chamber of Commerce members are very busy with everything else they have going on and so they take the extra effort and involve their membership and they get excited about this," said Pamela Irvine, the president and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

So far, five chambers of commerce have signed up in southwest Virginia, along with a number of state agencies.