Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli arrived late this evening for his visit at the Salem Distribution Center of Feeding America Southwest Virginia, once known as Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank.
So, when Cuccinelli finally got to the center’s quality assurance processing area, employee James Andrews sprang into action.
“We’ve been waiting on you all day and can’t wait to put you to work,” Andrews said.
Cuccinelli, the GOP’s gubernatorial candidate, was on what his campaign has described as the “Putting Virginians First Tour” — visiting homeless shelters, community centers, food banks and other volunteer organizations.
The attorney general’s task was to sort through crouton packages and discard items that did not meet expiration date criteria. He was dressed casually, in a blue polo shirt and blue jeans.
Before Andrews got him, Cuccinelli met two interns who had helped conduct Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2014 study — Katie Romano, from Roanoke College and Chelsea MacCormack from Virginia Tech.
In Salem, he learned from Pamela Irvine, president and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia, that corporate volunteering is up. Irvine said companies provide volunteers to the food distribution center as a team-building exercise.
Before traveling to Salem, Cuccinelli met in Bedford County with Sheriff Mike Brown and members of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Feeding America Southwest Virginia serves 26 counties and 10 cities.
— Duncan Adams