Feed Seniors Now

Feed Seniors Now

Comfort Keepers is hosting multiple food drives throughout September to benefit the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, FEED SENIORS NOW!

Starting Tuesday, September 8th look for collection bins at Comfort Keepers and Earl’s True Value Hardware to be part of this great cause and donate canned goods!

The last day to donate will be Saturday, September 26th at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the UMW campus. Please bring your canned food donations to the Comfort Keeper’s table and please join them for the walk to help TWO great causes!

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Altria 2015 Press Release

Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) Awards Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Funds to Help Seniors

Fredericksburg, VA – September 3, 2015: The Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) has awarded $2.5 million in grants this year to 91 organizations in Virginia and on Tuesday, they awarded $17,228 to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank for the Food for Life senior feeding program.

CEO, Oya Oliver stated “We are especially thankful to the ACECF for continuing to fund the Food for Life program because we know they had a record number of applications this year and they chose to support our seniors.”

The key element of this program funding is to provide food and hygiene items for over 2,000 Food for Life recipients. According to grant writer Dayna Klein “We have the staff and great volunteers to implement the program and we receive a variety of personal hygiene items from local merchants to supplement the food, grocery and produce included in each Food for Life box, but it is not always enough to provide for all participants. This funding will really help in providing for all of our FFL folks.”

If you know of a senior that would benefit from the Food for Life program or if you know of a senior in need of SNAP food assistance please contact the FRFB Agency & Programs Director Mishelle Krogstad at mkrogstad@fredfood.org.


About the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank – Serving Planning District 16 which includes the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and Locust Grove. The food bank secures and distributes more than 3.8 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. The FRFB provides support for over 70 local charitable agencies, operating more than 160 programs including emergency shelters, food pantries, Food for Life senior feeding, the Mobile Pantry program, Club Kids after school snack program, Food-4-Families School Pantry program and the Kids on the Go Summer Feeding. For more information on the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, please visit http://www.fredfood.org

About the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund

ACECF, an employee-run, non-profit organization awarded more than $3.2 million to 147 grantees across five communities in 2015. They are unique because employees manage all aspects of the fund – fundraising, grantmaking, and communicating and marketing. ACECF creates a sense of pride among employees as they combine their donations to make a larger, united impact in their communities. Throughout its history ACECF* has awarded 1,741 grants totaling $46.3 million to non-profit organizations across communities in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois and Pennsylvania, where many Altria employees live and work.

Altria Employees
Altria ACECF grant presentation Sept 2, 2015 Richmond Virginia

AARP Statewide Food Drive

AARP Virginia’s Statewide Food Drive will kick off on Friday, September 11th at the White Oak Giant. You can join AARP Virginia to help fight hunger in our community by donating food to the FRFB or a local food pantry during the 2015 Statewide Food Drive. You can also help by supporting AARP’s virtual food drive.

To find a local collection site near you, visit http://www.CreateTheGood.org/va and type in your zip code.

Go Orange!

September is Hunger Action Month and today the Staff here at the FRFB will #GoOrange

Legal Food Frenzy Participants Turn Orange

Turn OrangeEvery April, the legal community has promoted hunger awareness and assistance through the statewide Legal Food Frenzy. This food and fund drive will celebrate its 10th year in 2016. Since this campaign began, the legal community has raised the equivalent of almost 12.8 million pounds of food to benefit food insecure individuals throughout Virginia.

In honor of Hunger Action Month, you can get a jump-start on next year’s Legal Food Frenzy by having your firm wear orange on September 3rd and taking a photo. Please send your photo to leslie@vafoodbanks.org by September 15th. Doing so gains your firm or agency 100 bonus points toward next year’s competition.

Today is….


We are asking everyone to take at least one action for Hunger Action Day. You can participate by volunteering at the food bank or your local food pantry, wearing orange to show your support or sharing hunger stats with your social networks.

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.


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:


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.