CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The community continues to come together to help out those in need, including the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and Food Lion. This year, the grocery chain honored the victims of the shooting at the University of Virginia.

An official with BRAFB says the organization's partnership with Food Lion helps provide hundreds of thousands of meals to those who need it most. 

Through the "Sack to Give Back" program, Food Lion partners with multiple universities to donate 1,000 meals per quarterback sack made.  One of the schools the company partners with is UVA.
And this football season, UVA had 30 sacks in total, which equals 30,000 meals donated.

However, Food Lion decided to donate an extra 50,00 meals in honor of Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis, Jr. and D'Sean Perry, bringing the total of donated meals to 80,000.

"It's a tragedy first of all. For not just the University of Virginia, their players, their families, and the community as a whole, but it's great that Food Lion has chosen to memorialize these young men and give this extra donation to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, which will go out and will be used, as food, to help folks who are food insecure,” said Les Sinclair, the communications and public relations manager with BRAFB.

This donation will go on to provide people with not just their next meal, but also give them a sense of security this holiday season. This also meets BRAFB's mission statement of "Everyone Should Have Enough to Eat."

The "Sack to Give Back" program has provided more than 2.1 million meals to local food banks since 2019.  This program takes place across 10 states and 33 colleges and universities.