SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA, WV (WVNS)– Start digging for some lose change and come hang out with members of our crew today, June 18, 2021! 59News is partnering up with United Way of Southern West Virginia and the United Way of the Greenbrier Valley, as well as the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department, the Princeton Fire Department and the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department, to host our annual Fill the Boot Drive.

Familiar faces will be in Beaver, Princeton and Lewisburg raising money to donate to food pantries in our area.

Trena Dacal is the Executive Director of the United Way of Southern West Virginia. She told 59News food insecurity was always an issue in southern West Virginia.

Food pantries, now more than ever, are in need of help and donations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are just asking for whatever they feel compelled to give. Many people empty their change cup holders from their cars, or at the stop lights, they will have a moment to get into their wallets. But we are just asking them whatever they feel compelled to give,” Dacal said.

This event is a part of Nexstar’s Founder’s Day Celebration. Nexstar is the parent company to WVNS. News stations across the country will be out performing community service as a part of Founder’s Day.

All of the money raised here will go to local food pantries across the area. And again, we will have crews out in Raleigh, Mercer and Greenbrier Counties.