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In the last six years, demand at Virginia's food banks has increased by 54 percent, according to Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.).

"At the same time, in the last six months, there's been a 50 percent decline in the contributions to the food banks of Virginia," he says. "So you can see the problem."

A statewide drive to collect food donations through local Chambers of Commerce is set to kick off on Memorial Day.

The food drive is modeled after the competition among law firms begun by McDonnell as attorney general. But state Chamber of Commerce President Barry DuVal said businesses would also be generous.

"Too many times we hear that businesses are only interested in profit and not interested in people," DuVal says. "But I assure you that the CEOs and the business people that I know, small and large businesses across this Commonwealth, are interested in the lives of those people who work directly for them, and those in the community who are less fortunate."

The Federation of Virginia Food Bank's Leslie Van Horn says supplies drop each summer.

"We have a lot more children involved because a lot of the kids who receive free and reduced lunches no longer have accessibility to food," says Horn.

The food drive will continue through the Fourth of July.

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