Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month, when we ask everyone in our community to take action to fight hunger, all month long. Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more Virginians than ever before. Wheter it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, you can find the way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Together, we can solve hunger.

Virginia

Hunger Awareness Month

The Governor of Virginia has officially recognized September as Hunger Awareness Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

HUNGER AWARENESS MONTH

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is committed to combating hunger in every part of the state, and providing aid to Virginians in need; and

WHEREAS, the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, a partner state association of Feeding America, is Virginia’s largest hunger relief network; and

WHEREAS, each year, nearly 2 million individuals in Virginia rely on food provided by the members of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks; and

WHEREAS, the members of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks distributed more than 142 million pounds of food and grocery products in 2014 through its network of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other community organizations; and

WHEREAS, food banks across the country, including the seven members of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, will host numerous events throughout the month of September to increase awareness and encourage involvement in efforts to end hunger in local communities;

NOW, THEREFOR, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do herby recognize September 2015 as HUNGER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to attention of all our citizens.

View the Certificate of Recognition here.

TGI Friday’s Bar Championships

Thanks to JP and the amazing bar tenders at TGI Friday’s in Central Park for fighting hunger with food, drinks, and mad skills! TGI Friday’s Bar Championships on July 23rd featured an auction of “boozy-items” to raise funds for hungry families in our community. More information on the amount generated by the auction will be released as it comes in to the FRFB. We would like to thank Friday’s bar tenders for an incredible performance, and everyone who participated in the auction for their help in creating a hunger-free community!

Feds Feed Families

Federal Employees Help Knock Out Hunger
July 15th – October 7th

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This summer, Federal employees will come together to nourish communities nationally. USDA, once again, is leading the Feds Feed Families campaign, which runs July 15 through October 7, 2015. All Federal agencies, including Field components, are asked to participate.

The donations from the Feds Feed Families Food Drive are especially important, because they come at a time of year when donations traditionally decline.

Since the campaign began in 2009, Federal workers have donated and collected 39 million pounds of food and other non-perishable items to support families at risk of hunger across America. Last year, more than 14.8 million pounds of food were collected. Agencies are encouraged this year to set their own goals again and beat their previous best!

How it Works:

1. View a most-wanted list.
2. Read about USDA’s Donation Pick-Up and Drop Off procedures
3. Start collecting, and share your stories and photos on social media using the hashtag #FedsFeedFamilies.

Fill The Bus

Grow For Your Neighbor

ABBY Grow for Your NeighborAbby from Piedmont Growers was one of the wonderful children that stopped by the Grow for Your Neighbor (GFYN) space at the Spotsylvania Farmer’s Market during market hours on July 4.  GFYN is a program of the FRFB designed to get fresh produce from local gardens into the hands of hungry families throughout our community. The produce is wonderful and this weekend the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank received 795 pound of fresh produce to provide 662 healthy meals for those struggling to hunger.  Volunteers for the FRFB Grow for Your Neighbor program will be at the Spotsylvania Farmer’s market each Saturday through August..and yes, we can accept canned food donations as well as fresh.

Congressman Wittman Volunteers

unnamed (2)The FRFB Mobile Pantry was very busy last week with folks needing food assistance at the R&D Campground distribution site.

Congressman Rob Wittman and members of his staff stopped by to lend a helping hand and provided food and support to 66 families in the local area.

The Mobile Pantry Program Program provides direct food distribution to those in need from 10 sites located in remote areas of Planning District 16.

Thank you to all the volunteers, the Congressman and his staff for donating time and talent to make our community great.

Lily Noakes

Green Beans and Ice Cream

Lily Noakes battled cancer most of her life but she did not let that stop her from living each day to the fullest.  Earlier this year at the tender age of 7, Lily, a fist grader at Conway Elementary lost her battle with cancer but for Ms. Corwin’s class and the school, Lily left a […]

Dickinson Equipment Golf Tournament

GolferThe 14th Annual golf tournament sponsored by Dickinson Equipment was a huge success.  The proceeds from the tournament held in April arrived today at the FRFB and the check was for $14,000. This money is sorely needed to help provide 28,000 meals to those struggling during the extremes of summer.  Thank you Sammy Coleman, John DeViney, Dickinson Equipment, our sponsors and friends for using your love of the game to help those in need.

Wegman's School Bus

Fill The Bus

Have you seen the big yellow school bus in the Wegman’s parking lot?  Wegman’s is hosting a “Fill the Bus” food drive now through July 4, to benefit the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. The customer service desk will post a wish list of  non-perishable items that are intended to be nutritious and easy to prepare, […]