Jan 7, 2013 12:00am - 1:00pm
Jan 15, 2013 12:00am - 1:00pm
Jan 21, 2013 12:00am - 1:00pm



Because hunger is a reality even when the holidays are over, volunteers with JABA and local companies join to fill cupboards of low-income elders. Targeted food drive is a Martin Luther King Day of Service project.


Charlottesville, VA--- In recognition of the Martin Luther King Day of Service, JABA is holding “Soup for Seniors”, a canned food drive benefiting local, low-income older adults. This marks the fourth time the nonprofit agency has hosted the drive.


“Hunger never takes a holiday,” says JABA’s Volunteer Service Coordinator Robi Keys. “And, winter weather can make getting to the store close to impossible for low-income seniors who are homebound or who have trouble getting around. A shelf stocked with nutritious ready-to-serve canned or packaged foods can make a life-saving difference for these folks.”


Especially needed are canned meat products such as tuna or stew, pasta sauces, no-sugar added fruits, and lower salt soups and vegetables. “Of course, monetary donations are always welcome.”


This year, Soup for Seniors runs from January 2 to January 21. The public is urged to bring their food donations to JABA on Hillsdale Driveon or before the Martin Luther King Day holiday or drop them off at specially marked collection boxes located at the following locations:


  • JABA, 674 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville
  • Care Advantage Plus
  • Branchlands
  • The Colonnades
  • The Independence
  • JeffersonHeights
  • Martha Jefferson House
  • Park View
  • The Senior Center, Inc.
  • Twice Is Nice
  • Westminster-Canterbury
  • Woods Edge
  • WalmartDistributionCenterin Zions Crossroads


All donations go to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s Charlottesvillebranch that supports the Food Bag program. Checks should be made out to JABA, Inc. Mail checks to Soup for Seniors c/o JABA, 674 Hillsdale, Charlottesville, VA 22901.For more information call Robi Keyes, 434-817-5272,


About JABA

JABA (the Jefferson Area Board for Aging) serves the city of Charlottesville, and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. JABA cares about all aspects of senior and intergenerational welfare.  The nonprofit organization works to promote, establish and preserve sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit individuals and families of all ages.


For information on JABA and answers to other aging related questions, contact JABA at (434) 817-5222or visit the website News about JABA can also be found on Twitter @JABAcares, on Facebook at JABA Charlottesville and the JABA blog at

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