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Baby Spinach

Spinach’s Binomial name is Spinacia oleracea

Spinach is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate and iron. It is also a good sources of B vitamins riboflavin and vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and dietary fiber.

Fun Fact!

Queen Catherine de’ Medici of France fancied spinach so much, she insisted it be served at every meal. To this day, dishes made with spinach are known as “Florentine”, reflecting Catherine’s birth in Florence.

24 Hours of Community Giving.

The Community Give LogoOn May 5th, our community will come together for The Community Give and we need YOU to join us. It’s 24 hours of nonprofit giving—and it’s your chance make a real difference, right here in our community. If you love your adopted dog or our gorgeous river or our summertime concerts in the park, then you love our local nonprofits. And by showing your love through The Community Give you help sustain hardworking local nonprofit organizations and support The Community Foundation’s mission to preserve and grow the vitality of our community. Join me in supporting our community. Make a gift on May 5th at!

Flapjack Fundraiser by Zion United Methodist Church

Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee'sZion United Methodist Church is holding a Flapjack Fundraiser to feed hungry neighbors at the Applebee’s in Southpoint on Saturday, April 25th from 8:00am to 10:00am.

Tickets are $11 each, 2 for $20. Tickets are available now. Every ticket purchases a box of food for a hungry neighbor as well as a great pancake breakfast at Applebee’s.

If you are interested in buying a ticket, but can’t make it out to the breakfast, Zion UMC will give the ticket to someone who will appreciate the donation of a hot meal.

100% of the proceeds will go to supporting Zion UMC’s Food Pantry.

For Ticket Sales please call 540-388-8520

Happy St. Patrick’s Day


Liberty Tax & FAFB Area Teaming Up

LibertyTaxServiceJust bring this flyer to any participating Liberty office when you come in to get your taxes done between March 22nd to March 28th, Liberty will give you $50 off your tax preparation fees and donate $50 to the FAFB.


The end of the harsh winter is near and spring is (finally) on the horizon. Many of us are looking to better ourselves in preparation for the spring cleanse and National Nutrition Month in March is the perfect time to get started!

Throughout the month of March, we’re working with our partner foodtweeks™ to make your food better for you while providing real, nutritious meals to real families in our community.

What is foodtweeks™? foodtweeks™ is a free mobile app for Android and iPhone devices featuring a search engine database of calorie trimming Tweeks to the foods you love to make at home or enjoy at your favorite restaurants. Every time you use the app and save yourself calories, they donate to our organization, helping us put nutritious food on the table for people struggling with hunger in our community.

In celebration of National Nutrition Month, and to help provide better nutrition for all, foodtweeks will triple your food bank donation when you share YOUR go-to Tweeks and tips for trimming calories from your foods on Facebook and Twitter and tag their page.Share your Tweek

Get started by downloading the app here:

For iPhone
For Android

Input promo code FredFood to have all the calories you save benefit our food bank!

Help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends, family and colleagues so that they too can make a difference this month.

Thank you for your valued support!

Learn more about foodtweeks at and follow on Twitter and Facebook.

The Legends Give Back

Spotsylvania Towne Centre
April 18, 2015

Leader In Sports has partnered with B101.5 to have 8-10 football legends sign autographs with 100% of the proceeds going to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank’s children programs.

Scheduled to appear:

John FrenchyFuqua of the Immaculate Reception

Jay Schroeder: Legendary Quarterback of the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders

Neal Olkewicz: Super Bowl XVII & XXII Champion Linebacker 7 70 Greatest Redskins

Keith Griffin: Super Bowl Champion with the Washington Redskins & National Champion with the University of Miami

Reggie Harrison Kamal Salaam-El) Super Bowl IX & X Champion of The Pittsburgh Steelers

Boyd Dowler Rookie of the Year 1959 and Super Bowl I & II Champion of the Green Bay Packers.

Maxie Baughan 9 Time Pro Bowl linebacker with the Eagles, Rams & Redskins. He also won the World Championship in 1960 with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mike Michael Nelms: Super Bowl Champion and member of the 70 Greatest Redskins.

Jimmie Jones: 1972 NFC Champion Washington Redskin

Ted Marchibroda just to make it really special, making a very rare public appearance. He was the starting QB for the Steelers in part of the 1950’s. He was the offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins when they went to their very first Super Bowl. He was the head coach of both the Baltimore and Indianapolis Colts (different eras). He was also the VERY FIRST head coach of the Baltimore Ravens.

Autograph tickets for this event are only $15 each with mail order welcome.

As a special for those attending the event, a super ticket will be available for $100 which gets you one autograph on each guest appearing. I am sorry, but the super ticket is not available for mail order.


Legal Food Frenzy

March 30 – April 10, 2015

LFF-logoThe Attorney General of Virginia, the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks invite you to participate in the 2015 Legal Food Frenzy!

To date, the Legal Food Frenzy has raised the equivalent of over 10 million pounds of food. Help us raise even more by registering your firm, legal department, law school, or individual practice today! All winners will be invited to a special award ceremony with the Governor and Attorney General of Virginia.

Participating in the Legal Food Frenzy is easy. To get started, all you have to do is register online here. Once your firm or organization is registered, the individual(s) that you designate to lead your collection efforts will be contacted by a representative of your local food bank and by members of The Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division who will provide your leader with customized food and fund collection materials.

14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank needs your help. Every year people depend on the Food Bank for basic food needs. We decided to help in our own way in 2002 by sponsoring a charity golf tournament. In April 2014, over 100 golfers participated and through their generosity and the generosity of others we donated over $12000.00 to the Food Bank. This year the tournament will take place on Sunday, April 19 at Augustine Golf Club in Stafford.

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Thank You American Heritage Girls!

American Heritage Girls Food Drive  (11)American Heritage Girls Troop 1027 stopped by the FAFB this week to take a tour and bring much needed food.  Part of the American Heritage Girls mission to build women of integrity through service was evident in their actions towards the hungry of our community.  The ladies collected 192 pounds of food to provide 160 meals for those struggling with hunger.  Thank you ladies for your wonderful service to our community.

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