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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.

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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.

BJ’s Award Event

BJ’s Charitable Foundation Celebrates 30th Anniversary with $21,000 Unlocking Fresh Potential Grant to Help End Hunger

image004FREDERICKSBURG, VA – January 28, 2015 – In an effort to assist the partner agencies of the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank (FAFB) to safely distribute more food to the community, BJ’s Charitable Foundation thorough Feeding America has awarded the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank a grant for $21,000 to purchase food distribution equipment.  According to Mishelle Krogstad, Agency & Programs Director for the FAFB, “This grant award will allow all 78 of our partner agencies to receive transport and storage equipment to safely transport the food they receive from the food bank back to their pantries to increase food distribution to the hungry.”

BJ’s takes food safety and hunger seriously.  They know that while food banks have immense space and storage to provide product for the food pantries and shelters they support, these smaller partner organizations and charities often have limited equipment abilities.  Limited equipment hinders their ability to serve the community.  By providing anti-hunger partners like food pantries, shelters and meal programs with the necessary equipment, they can transport and store a larger amount of perishable items and thus distribute more food to local families struggling with food insecurity.

“This is very exciting” according to Dayna Klein, Major Gifts & Grant Manager for the FAFB, “We received the funding notification in September and sent the word out to our partner agency pantries to let us know what they need.”  All of the FAFB partner agency pantries were invited to write a short essay on what they need and how the items will help with safe and efficient food distribution to the community.  Ms. Klein went on to say “All of our partner agency pantries will receive coolers and special cooling blankets to allow for more fresh produce, meat, and dairy to be picked up from the FAFB and distributed back to the hungry but the really exciting part is that several of our partner agencies are receiving some very nice items through this grant that will help them provide for hundreds of families each week.”

According to Oya Oliver, FAFB CEO, “This grant is important because it supports one of the primary pillars in the strategic plan of the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, i.e.,  to increase our partner agency’s ability to build capacity and provide safe, fresh food to those seeking assistance throughout the Fredericksburg region. We are so thankful to BJ’s for this grant and for their commitment to ending hunger.”

Items have been arriving at the food bank for weeks.  The awards ceremony will take place at the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank 3631 Lee Hill Drive Fredericksburg, on Thursday, January 29, at 5:30 pm.  Special guests include representatives from our local BJ’s Wholesale and FAFB President and CEO Oya Oliver to help present the awards to the agencies. The public is invited to attend.

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About Fredericksburg Area Food Bank

Fredericksburg Area Food Bank – serving all of Planning District 16 which includes the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, as well as Locust Grove and the City of Fredericksburg.  The food bank secures and distributes more than 3.7 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually; and supports over 78 local charitable partner agencies, operating more than 160 programs including emergency shelters, food pantries, the Club Kids after school snack program, the Mobile Pantry program, Food for Life senior feeding program, the Brown Bag disability feeding program, Food-4-Families School Pantry program and Kids on the Go Summer Feeding.

For more information about the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, please visit http://www.fredfood.org

About BJ’s Wholesale Club

BJ’s is dedicated to providing Members with high-quality, brand-name food and merchandise at prices that are significantly lower than supermarkets, supercenters, department stores, drug stores and specialty retail stores.  BJ’s carries the most product variety of any Membership club with more than 7,000 items, including supermarket-sized staples, USDA Choice meats and stock-up items, as well as all-natural and organic products. BJ’s is the only membership club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and for greater convenience, offers the most payment options including EBT.

Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States.  The Company currently operates 203 clubs and in 15 eastern states.  Learn more and shop online at http://www.BJs.com or, for exclusive content visit Facebook.com/bjswholesaleclub and Twitter.com/bjswholesale.

About BJ’s Charitable Foundation

BJ’s Charitable Foundation was established with the mission to enrich every community BJ’s Wholesale Clubs serve. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that primarily benefit the underprivileged in the area of basic needs (hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, education and health). For more information about BJ’s Charitable Foundation, please visit, www.bjs.com/charity/.

Chili’s Give Back Event

chilis-logoLet Chili’s do the cooking and help support the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank at the same time. With each flyer presented on January 30th, January 31st and February 1st Chili’s will donate 20% of the event day sales back to the FAFB!

Download a flyer now!

Cancun Margarita Give Back Thursday

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Rudy from Cancun Margarita presents Dayna Klein from the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank with a check for $400.00 from their Give Back Thursday Blake Esse concert to benefit the FAFB that Cancun Margarita hosted last week.  According to Rudy, the check represents the $271.50 collected from patrons “and the rest we put in to make the total.”

The evening was a wonderful success and according to Dayna, “Blake did an awesome job and really rocked the house.”  This $400 will allow the FAFB to provide 1,200 meals to the hungry of our community.  What a great way to give back on Thursday or any day…thank you Cancun Margarita!

CANstruction 2015 Results

CANstruction 2015

The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank would like to thank all our teams for participating in CANstruction.

Thank you to the Spotsylvania Towne Centre and Amanda Carmody for being willing to allow us to take over the mall for yet another weekend.  Thank you all.

We would also like to thank Costco for the use of their dock and John Sims for all of his assistance and hard work in making CANstruction such a success.

Thank you to B101.5 and Kristen, Bill, Sean, Ted and Chris for all of the wonderful media and for Buzzy being so darn cute…you guys made the event such fun!

A very special thank you to Mr. Jonathan Saufley, Learn and Serve coordinator at North Stafford High and all of his Learn and Serve volunteers that did an AWESOME job working tirelessly to receive donations, distribute tickets and build with the kids…thank you!

Last but certainly not least, thank you, thank you, thank you to Cynthia Lucero-Chavez  Community Involvement Specialist Stafford County Public Schools /CANstruction Co-Chair for your tireless dedication to all the details, t-shirts, paperwork, coffee and canstructing…thank you for a great third year…

Cancun Margarita Live Music Event

margaritabarCIn honor of #GiveBackThursdays, Cancun Margarita is hosting a 2015 Kickoff with country music star Blake Esse performing live on January 15th, 6pm – 9pm.

20% of all sales will be donated to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank.

Download a flyer for this event here.

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