Food Matters

Fighting Hunger For Over 30 Years

The Legends Give Back – Changed Schedule

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.

CHANGED Schedule Due To Unforeseen Events:

  • Frenchy Fuqua (Steelers Immaculate Reception & 2x Super Bowl Champ
  • Jay Schroeder (Redskins Super Bowl Champ & Raiders Starting QB)
  • Boyd Dowler (Packers 5x World Champ & ROY 59)
  • Neal Olkewicz (Redskins 2 Time Super Bowl Champ)
  • Keith Griffin (Redskins Super Bowl Champ & Miami National Champ)
  • Reggie Harrison (Steelers 2 Time Super Bowl Champ)
  • Mike Nelms (Redskins Super Bowl Champ & 70 Greatest Washington Redskins)
  • Jimmie Jones (Redskins 72 NFC Champ)
  • Scott Norwood (Buffalo Bills 2x AFC Champion & JMU Alumni)
    • Unable To Attend
      • Ted Marchibroda (Ravens 1st Head Coach & Steelers Starting QB)
      • Maxie Baughan (Eagles World Champ & 9x Pro Bowler)

Individual Autographs: $15
Super Tickets (not available for mail order): Now $90 ($10 refunds are available at the event for those that have already purchased a Super Ticket at it’s previous price of $100)

Mail Order is welcome and Baughn and Marchibroda have agreed to sign mail order items along with shipping charges or can be picked up at B101.5

100% of public autograph tickets go directly to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank to benefit all of their children’s programs

For more information: or 540-419-3404
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Giant OFF Kids on the Go Kitchen Dedication

The official dedication of the Giant Our Family Foundation Kids on the Go Kitchen will take place next Thursday, April 16, at the FAFB. We are very excited about our summer feeding program and all that Giant is doing to help end childhood hunger. I look forward to seeing you at the event as together we end hunger in our community.


Today Is…

Fresh Tomato Day!


Did you know the best place to store tomatoes is at room temperature (above 55 F) until they’ve fully ripened. A ripe tomato is red or reddish orange, depending on variety and yields to slight pressure.

Store them stem end up as the “shoulders” are the softest part and bruise most easily. Keep them out of direct sunlight. If you must store them a longer time, place them (after they’ve ripened fully) in the refrigerator.

Fight Hunger. Spark Change.

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From April 6 to May 3, 2015 Walmart is teaming up with some of America’s favorite food manufactures to fight hunger and spark change across the country. Through the 2015 Fight Hunger Spark Change campaign (formerly, Fighting Hunger Together) the public can raise money for Feeding America member food banks through three easy ways: in-store purchase, register donations and social media.

In-Store Purchase

One item helps provide one meal. Walmart is working with six of its top suppliers: Campbell’s, ConAgra Foods, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Kraft and Unilever with a goal to raise 75 million meals for Feeding America food banks. Between April 6 and May 3, the purchase of approximately 70 participating grocery products at Walmart will trigger a donation. For each product purchased, the manufacturer will donate $0.10 to Feeding America to help secure one meal on behalf of local member food banks, up to each manufacturer’s maximum donation. 100% of these funds will benefit the network.

Register Donation

Walmart customers will also be able to make donations at the register on behalf of their local Feeding America food bank. Signs at the register will invite customers to donate in increments of $1, $2, or $5. 100% of these funds will benefit the network.

Social Media

Share your smiles to raise funds for the entire Feeding America network! During the campaign, Walmart will raise awareness about the one in six people struggling with hunger in the U.S through a social media challenge. All food banks stand to benefit! Here’s how it works

  1. Take a picture of six people who commit to fight hunger
  2. Post the picture on either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – use the campaign hashtag #wesparkchange.
  3. Make sure your post is public to ensure it can be counted
  4. Walmart will donate $10 for every qualifying post, up to $1.5 million!
  5. Share your post and encourage your advocates, volunteers and donors to participate

Walmart will kick things off by donating $1.5 million to Feeding America in honor of the campaign. This gift will be split 50%/50% with the national office and the network. During the campaign period, you can help earn an additional $1.5 million for member food banks across the country. Walmart will donate $10 per post, up to an additional $1.5 million! 100% of the earned donation will benefit the network.

Today Is…

National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day!


Did you know that the average American consumes 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the age of 18? The combination of sweet jelly and salty peanut butter has been a staple in school lunchboxes for over fifty years.

According to one story, American soldiers invented the peanut butter and jelly sandwich during World War II. They decided to combine their bread, jelly, and peanut butter rations into a fabulous new treat. When the soldiers returned home after the war, peanut butter and jelly sales soared.

April Is Celery Month

04_April_CeleryMonthDid you know…

The wild form of celery is known as smallage. It has a bitter taste, and the stalks are more stringly than cultivated celery. Smallage was used in ancient times as a medicine, and the Romans used it as a seasoning. it was in the 17th and 18th centuries that celery was developed by breeding the bitterness out of smallage.

Giant Donates 200 Hams to Help Area Hungry

Fredericksburg Area Food Bank CEO Oya Oliver  is joined by Giant employees from throughout Fredericksburg during Giant Food’s annual ham donation. The neighborhood grocer is committed to helping families in need in the communities it serves. Giant’s donation of 200 hams to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank is one of five donations to Feeding America food banks across the Mid-Atlantic region, totaling 1,000 hams.

Giant Donates 200 Hams

Pictured from Giant are Patrick Goralski (Store 770), Matthew Cann (Store 789), Felismina Andrade, Giant Director of Marketing, Desiree Ranson (Store 234), Walt Meisen, FAFB Board Member and Giant HR Director, Sean Conlon (Store 256), Michael Owens (Store 243), Dan Bennett (Store 235), and FAFB President & CEO, Oya Oliver.

About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 170 stores are 156 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit


Today Is…


Baby Spinach

Spinach’s Binomial name is Spinacia oleracea

Spinach is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate and iron. It is also a good sources of B vitamins riboflavin and vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and dietary fiber.

Fun Fact!

Queen Catherine de’ Medici of France fancied spinach so much, she insisted it be served at every meal. To this day, dishes made with spinach are known as “Florentine”, reflecting Catherine’s birth in Florence.

24 Hours of Community Giving.

The Community Give LogoOn May 5th, our community will come together for The Community Give and we need YOU to join us. It’s 24 hours of nonprofit giving—and it’s your chance make a real difference, right here in our community. If you love your adopted dog or our gorgeous river or our summertime concerts in the park, then you love our local nonprofits. And by showing your love through The Community Give you help sustain hardworking local nonprofit organizations and support The Community Foundation’s mission to preserve and grow the vitality of our community. Join me in supporting our community. Make a gift on May 5th at!

Flapjack Fundraiser by Zion United Methodist Church

Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee'sZion United Methodist Church is holding a Flapjack Fundraiser to feed hungry neighbors at the Applebee’s in Southpoint on Saturday, April 25th from 8:00am to 10:00am.

Tickets are $11 each, 2 for $20. Tickets are available now. Every ticket purchases a box of food for a hungry neighbor as well as a great pancake breakfast at Applebee’s.

If you are interested in buying a ticket, but can’t make it out to the breakfast, Zion UMC will give the ticket to someone who will appreciate the donation of a hot meal.

100% of the proceeds will go to supporting Zion UMC’s Food Pantry.

For Ticket Sales please call 540-388-8520

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