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The Cheesecake Factory: Say Cheese!

CheesecakeThe Cheesecake Factory has donated more than $3M and is a year-long campaign that supports Feeding America’s national network of food banks. On July 30, National Cheesecake Day, The Cheesecake Factory announces a specialty flavor; a donation of $0.25 per slice will be made to Feeding America in support of local food banks. We are excited to “break the news” that this year’s featured flavor is Lemon Meringue Cheesecake.

Grow For Your Neighbor

Grow for Your Neighbor Spots Farmer's Market 2014-07-19 003The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank was out early Saturday morning at the Spotsylvania Farmer’s Market collecting donations of fresh produce through the Grow for Your Neighbor Program.  Grow for Your Neighbor is the brain child of Mary Van Slyke and is helping to get fresh produce from local family gardens, community gardens, school gardens, and farmers out to the 30,320 individuals in our community struggling with hunger.

If you have any additional produce that may need a good home, stop by the Spotsylvania Farmers Market located at the intersection of Gordon Road and Route 3 from 8:00 – 1:00 pm on Saturdays.  You can also bring additional produce directly to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank 3631 Lee Hill Drive Fredericksburg every Mon – Thursday from 8:00 – 4:45 pm and Wednesday until 5:45 pm and we promise it will not go to waste!

Northrop Grumman Check Presentation

Pictured are Heather Hill - Human Resources Northrop Grumman, Oya Oliver - President & CEO FAFB, and Dayna Klein – Major Gifts and Grant Manager, FAFB.

Pictured are Heather Hill – Human Resources Northrop Grumman, Oya Oliver – President & CEO FAFB, and Dayna Klein – Major Gifts and Grant Manager, FAFB.

Northrop Grumman employee Heather Hill stopped by the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank to take a tour and personally award the $2,400 check to benefit the FAFB Club Kids Program.  This $2,400 will provide snacks and juice free for charge to all of the area schools participating in the Club Kids program and help ensure our children have the food they need to be successful students in the fall.  Thank you Northrop Grumman and Heather Hill for understanding that together we can create a hunger-free community and for being such great neighbors.

2014 Feds Feed Families

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The Department of Veterans Affairs, Strategic Acquisition Center is collecting nonperishable food items to benefit the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank through August 27, 2014. This is a voluntary effort for Federal employees to give back locally by helping those in need during these tough economic times.

One in six Americans struggle with hunger. They may be your neighbors or the children sitting next to your child in school. All donated food will stay right here to help feed the over 30,000 hungry and food insecure of this community.

Top 10 Most Needed Items

  • Canned Meats – Tuna, Salmon, Chicken
  • Peanut Butter
  • Dry Beans
  • Canned Fruit in 100% Natural Juice
  • Pasta & Sauce
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Shelf Stable Milk

Items we cannot accept to ensure food safety: Rusty or unlabeled cans, Homemade items, Non-commercial canned or packaged items, alcoholic beverages and open or used items.

Press Start Video Games Food Drive

July 18th through August 9th.

Donate canned food to any Press Start Video Games locations and you’ll receive a 10% Off Pre-Owned Games Coupon! You can earn up to 10 coupons during the food drive, customers can stack up to 3 coupons per item.

100% of the donations will be going to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank.

Download a flyer here.

Food Drive – Fredericksburg Fitness Studio

The Fredericksburg Fitness Studio is holding a food and funds drive for 365 days, one year. Their goal is for every client who comes in to bring one food item each month or donate $1 each month. Fredericksburg Fitness Studio states that they truly have incredible clients.

Fredericksburg Fitness Studio is a private studio personal training facility located in Cowan Center, 2541 Cowan Blvd, Fredericksburg 22401 and their hours are Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 8:30 pm and Saturdays from 7:00am to 12:00pm.

If you’re a client of Fredericksburg Fitness Studio look for information about their ongoing Food and Funds drive in your e-mails and in the Fitness Studio’s monthly newsletters.

The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank would like to thank all of those at Fredericksburg Fitness Studio for their support and generosity.

You can find a list of our most needed items here.

USAgNet, Senate Briefing on Great American Milk Drive Today

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More than 37 million Americans rely on food banks for nutrition assistance. Milk is one of the most requested items by food bank clients and 95 percent of food banks report they don’t receive enough milk to meet client demand. It is estimated that food bank clients receive less than one gallon of milk per person per year.

The Great American Milk Drive is all about filling this gap. Learn more about how milk companies are joining with Feeding America across the country–in every community–so hungry kids and families can have access to fresh milk.

Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will host the briefing on the Great American Milk Drive June 12 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Russell Senate Office Building. The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is helping to coordinate the briefing.

Speakers will include Victor Zaborsky of the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) and Lisa Davis of Feeding America.

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School Age Programs – Update

Wegmans Special Delivery

Wegmans Makes Special Delivery: A Truckload With Over 18,000 Pounds of Food to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – On Thursday, June 12 at 10:00am, Wegmans will deliver over 18,000 pounds of non-perishable food to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. The donation includes 18 pallets of presorted nonperishable food.

“We are so very grateful for our partnership with Wegmans” stated Oya Oliver, CEO of the FAFB. “This donation alone will provide over 15,000 meals to those who are food insecure in our community. As we enter the summer season, many families are struggling to find food to replace meals that had been provided to children at school. This donation will mean that food will be available in food pantries throughout the area to feed their families.”

When the Wegmans tractor-trailer arrives at the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, Store Manager Chris DePumpo will be on hand along with other employees of the Wegmans Fredericksburg store to help unload the truck

“In every community where we have a store, we work closely with the local food bank,” says DePumpo. “Food for the hungry is one of our top giving priorities and we know that summer is an especially challenging time of year, so we’re happy help make a difference.”

Where: Fredericksburg Area Food Bank 3631 Lee Hill Drive Fredericksburg, VA

Last year Wegmans donated more than 16.5 million pounds of food to area food banks in all of its market areas.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 84-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts. The family owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

Fredericksburg Area Food Bank – serving all of Planning District 16 which includes the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline and the city of Fredericksburg, as well as neighboring communities. The food bank secures and distributes more than 3.5 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually; and supports over 70 local charitable agencies, operating more than 160 programs including emergency shelters, food pantries, Club Kids after school snack programs, Mobile Pantry program, Food for Life senior feeding programs, and Kids on the Go Summer Feeding. For more information on the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, please visit http://www.fredfood.org.

Food Lion FEEDS

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Food Lion to Provide 500 Million Meals to Families In Need by End of 2020 through Food Lion Feeds
Grocer Kicks Off Commitment by Giving 1 Million Meals in Five Days

SALISBURY, NC – Food Lion today pledged to donate 500 million meals to families in need by the end of 2020 through its new community relations platform, Food Lion Feeds, which will focus on hunger relief. To mark the launch of Food Lion Feeds and kick off its new commitment, the grocer will donate 1 million meals in five days between June 9 and June 13 as part of a Week of Giving.

“When I was a store manager, I saw firsthand the tough choices our customers are sometimes forced to make to feed their families,” said Food Lion President Beth Newlands Campbell. “In difficult times, many people have to decide whether to pay rent, buy groceries or purchase gasoline to get to work, because they simply cannot do all three. At Food Lion, we believe no one should have to choose between dinner and paying rent or gasoline and buying groceries. That’s why we’re so passionate about our renewed focus on ending hunger and working to make the lines shorter at local feeding agencies through Food Lion Feeds”

Food Lion will also partner with its customers to help end hunger by launching a special Food Lion Feeds reusable bag for sale in its stores today. With the sale of each bag through June 30, Food Lion will donate five meals to local food banks, in partnership with Feeding America®. Feeding America is the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization comprised of a network of more than 200 member local food banks.

“Food Lion Feeds is our commitment to help end the choices families are forced to make when they are hungry,” added Newlands Campbell. “Although the initiative launches this week, it will come to life year-round in our stores, starting with the reusable bag program. We want our customers and our communities to know that we stand for hunger relief and that they can count on Food Lion every day.”

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