Suffolk dropoff site set for this weekend’s Mayflower Marathon

Published 6:00 pm Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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Classic Rock 106.9 The Fox (WAFX) and FM99 (WNOR) are hosting the 25th annual Mayflower Marathon Food Drive this week from 5:30 a.m. Friday until 3 p.m. Sunday.

This ’round-the-clock food drive takes place simultaneously on both sides of the water at four separate locations. On the Southside, the locations are Kroger Marketplace at 1017 University Blvd. in Suffolk and Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach. On the Peninsula, the locations are Kroger at 1050 W. Mercury Blvd. at Coliseum Central in Hampton and Kroger at 5007-2 Victory Blvd. in Tabb.

All food and monetary donations collected in Suffolk and Virginia Beach go to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. All donations made at the Hampton and Tabb locations benefit the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.

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Rick Rumble and the entire FM99 team along with Mike Arlo and the Fox staff will be broadcasting live from the event. For complete details about the food drive, visit or

FM999/106.9 The Fox Operations Manager, Mike Beck said, “The FM99 and 106.9 The Fox Mayflower Marathon is a Hampton Roads institution. This food drive became an annual Thanksgiving tradition starting in the last century! Millions of meals have been raised in the past 24 years, and now the 25th anniversary edition will continue to add to the rich history of this event. 106.9 The Fox and FM99 are proud to partner with so many wonderful volunteers, community-oriented organizations, and companies. Thanks to the donations of food and money the local Foodbanks will be able to help thousands of local people.”

“We are excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Mayflower Marathon Holiday Food Drive, sponsored by 106.9 the Fox and FM99,” said Karen Joyner, CEO of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. “This annual food drive has provided thousands of our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity with a holiday meal that they otherwise would not have received. It’s truly inspiring to be able to collaborate with such compassionate and caring partners who are continuing the tradition of bringing hope and happiness into homes across Hampton Roads. We thank the community for thinking of their Peninsula neighbors in need and look forward to another successful event!”

“Over the last several months, we have been laser-focused on adapting our service delivery model and establishing new initiatives to meet the increased needs of our most vulnerable neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity,” said Emma Inman, Chief Impact Officer, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. “As we continue evolving toward a more holistic model, the community support we receive through the annual Mayflower Marathon is more important now than ever. We look forward to another record-breaking year of donations that will allow our neighbors to provide food for their families during the holiday season and beyond.”