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Fresh Produce at the Mobile Pantry

Mobile Pantry Fresh Produce 2014-08-19 005Beautiful, fresh, local produce has been delivered and is awaiting distribution tomorrow to area families through the Mobile Food Pantry, a program of the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank.  This fresh produce will help the 3,000 individuals and children living in remote areas struggling with hunger and food insecurity who depend on the Mobile Food Pantry to help meet their nutritional requirements.  Through a generous grant from Walmart, the food bank is able to purchase local produce for the Mobile Food Pantry each week to provide for the needs of residents in Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George, Locust Grove and the City of Fredericksburg.  We love fresh and local to help neighbors in need.  Thank you Walmart.

Food-4-Families School Pantry Program has begun…

Food-4-Families School Pantry is the newest program of the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank designed to alleviate childhood hunger through on-site pantries at area schools.  Giant Food at Celebrate Virginia helped to host a kick off the food drive with a donation of $1,000 worth of food for the pantry program.  Giant Food is committed to ending childhood hunger.  This food drive will provide 1,245 pounds of food to the participating schools enrolled in the Food-4-Families School Pantry Program to stock their shelves so the schools can select the items that will best meet the needs of families experiencing food insecurity or crisis.  Thank you Giant Food and the community for helping our kids!

For more information about the Food-4-Families School Pantry Program visit fredfood.org.

Food Banks Compete in Membership Drive for the U.S. Food Waste Challenge

The USDA is joining with Feeding America to launch a friendly competition among the nation’s food banks to sign up the most participants in the U.S. Food Waste Challenge.  The food bank that registers the most donors as participants in the U.S. Food Waste Challenge will be honored in an event hosted by the Department of Agriculture.  The competition runs from July 22 to August 30.

Food Banks can get their donors and partners to join the competition by signing up for the U.S. Food Waste Challenge on Feeding America’s website.

The U.S. Food Waste Challenge, which was inaugurated in June 2013 by USDA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, calls on businesses and organizations across the country to join the effort to reduce food waste in the United States. The goal of the U.S. Food Waste Challenge is to lead a fundamental shift in how we think about and manage food and food waste in this country. To join the Challenge, participants list the activities they will undertake to help reduce, recover, or recycle food waste in their operations. The Challenge includes a goal of 400 partners by 2015 and 1,000 by 2020.

Food waste is roughly estimated at between 30-40 percent of the U.S. food supply.  By reducing this waste, we can help ease pressure on our precious natural resources and feed families in need.  Food producers, manufactures, and retailers are stepping up to do just that.  Feeding America estimates that food donations supplied 2.7 billion meals to its clientele in 2010.

By joining the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, businesses that donate to the nation’s food banks are adding their voice to the growing movement to reduce food waste and keep wholesome food where it belongs; on someone’s plate.  By signing up their donors, food banks are adding their voice to the growing movement to reduce the disgraceful prevalence of food waste and food insecurity existing side-by-side.

If your organization, company, or school is engaging in activities that reduces, recovers, or recycles food waste then we want you to join the U.S. Food Waste Challenge too.  Sign up here – it takes less than 5 minutes.

To receive email updates about USDA’s food waste activities sign up here.

- See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/07/22/food-banks-compete-in-membership-drive-for-the-u-s-food-waste-challenge/#sthash.LqIdi3HU.dpuf

Paint the Town Red

LifePoint Church Paint the Town Red 2014 2014-08-04 013From July 26 – August 3, LifePoint Church members were tasked with “See a Need, Meet a Need” during the annual Paint the Town Red.  Volunteers were visible throughout the community striving to be a blessing to all within their reach.

At the food bank the generous donation of 13,046 pounds of food collected by LifePoint members would have been delayed had it not been for the generous donation by Coleman’s towing.   It seems the LifePoint truck had some trouble and needed assistance getting to the FAFB dock and Coleman’s volunteered their assistance and helped to provide the much needed transport of all this wonderful food.

Thank you to all of the LifePoint Church members, volunteers, family and friends as well as all of those from Coleman’s towing for seeing a need and going the extra mile to meet the need.  Together we can and you did!  Because of your actions 10,872 meals and household supplies will be provided to the hungry of our community.

Woodmen Check Presentation

For over 120 years Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society has been providing services for and giving back to the communities in which they serve.  Woodmen agents understand the importance of giving back on a regular basis.  On Tuesday, Dwain Lackey, Field Representative and Daniel King, Area Manager for Woodmen of the World stopped by the FAFB to take a tour and see how their donation can make a big difference to hungry people as they presented Oya Oliver with a check for $500.00.  With this donation, Woodmen representatives are providing 1,500 meals back to the hungry of our community.

Woodmen of the World Check Presentation 2014-08-05 005

Pictured are Dayna Klein, FAFB Grant Manager, Dwain Lackey, Daniel King and Oya Oliver, President & CEO, FAFB.

Food-4-Families

S_Logo_HorizontalThis year, due to a large grant and commitment to end childhood hunger from the Giant Our Family Foundation, the FAFB is partnering with the school system to provide Food-4-Families.

The Food-4-Families program is a way to help not only the child but the entire family with supplemental food. A food pantry is established on-site at participating schools with food and storage items provided by the FAFB. As the schools determine a family is in need, the school officials can help the family select items from the Food-4-Families pantry to allow them to prepare healthy family meals for 2-3 days until the family can get to a community pantry.

Please join us for the initial Food-4-Families Stock the School Pantry Food Drive on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 9:00 – 5:00 at the Celebrate Virginia Giant Food 550 Celebrate Virginia Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22406.

500 Miles, 5 Days

Amos Desjardins will run 500 miles in VA in just 5 days brining awareness to hunger in Virginia and raise money for the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. Beginning on Saturday August 30th Amos Desjardins, in partnership with the Federation of Virginia Food Banks (http://vafoodbanks.org/), will be embarking upon an amazing 500-mile journey through Virginia to help raise money and awareness to fight hunger and food deserts within Virginia. Over this journey Amos will take 1,000,000 steps – each step representing an individual in Virginia currently struggling with knowing where their next meal will come from. Amos will begin the record-setting 500-mile journey in his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia and see him travel west to Winchester, south and east through Harrisburg, Charlottesville and Richmond, before heading north to finish in Old Town Alexandria. Along the way Amos will benefit from water/aid stops at several local running stores – where food donations will be collected by the support team – providing him with an opportunity to hydrate, refuel, and connect with locals who are interested in running with him. For more information visit:

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.

Walmart Saves The Day!

Walmart Saves the Day! The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank receives $50,000 to purchase local produce for the Mobile Pantry Program.

Fredericksburg, VA  –  July 30, 2014:  Over 3,000 residents depend on the food provided by the Mobile Pantry to help them close the meal gap resulting from loss of income and the decrease in SNAP benefits.  The Mobile Pantry, a program of the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank (FAFB), provides food to remote or underserved areas throughout Planning District 16.  There are 10 Mobile Pantry stops between Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George and the City of Fredericksburg that provide a supplemental food resource for families and seniors experiencing food insecurity.

The Wal-Mart Foundation State Giving Program has provided $50,000 to allow the FAFB to purchase fresh produce throughout the year to increase the variety and nutritional content of food going out to those in need.  According to Dayna Klein, FAFB Grants Manager, “Walmart has been very generous.  We did not receive any United Way funding this year for the Mobile Pantry Program and that raised great concern as to whether we would be able to continue to provide the service.  Thank goodness Walmart is allowing us to use this grant funding to help support local farmers while supporting the program.” According to Klein, the Walmart funds are being allocated each month to purchase direct from several local farmers in an effort to provide food to those in need and support buying local.

Last year, nearly 21,000 people across the Fredericksburg region received food provided through the food bank’s network of partner agencies and organizations.  The need has increased this year.  Oya Oliver, CEO of the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank says, “Hunger has reached into middle class households.  Hundreds of families are now seeking food assistance that never needed to before due to unemployment or underemployment.  The funding from the Wal-Mart Foundation State Giving Program will allow the Mobile Pantry Program to provide fresh, local produce  to those in need while supporting buying local throughout the year.”

Hunger is every day.  Non-perishable food items and volunteers are always needed.  A wish list of most needed food items is available on the web site.  For more information, go online to http://www.fredfood.org or call the food bank at 540-371-7666.

Fredericksburg Area Food Bank – serving Planning District 16 that 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, Kids on the Go summer feeding, Club Kids after school snack programs, Food for Life senior feeding programs, Mobile Pantry and soup kitchens.   For more information on the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, please visit http://www.fredfood.org

Food Lion Foundation Grant

Food Lion Check Presentation $5000 FFL 2014-07-25 002With a renewed commitment to helping the community, Food Lion Director of Operations, Sherry Ritenour presented Dayna Klein, Grant Manager for the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank with a $5,000 check.  This grant will help provide fresh food for the 1,700 seniors who depend on  Food for Life each month.  Thank you Food Lion Foundation and the employees at the Jefferson Davis Highway Fredericksburg, Food Lion Store #1043 who helped to present the check.

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