Summer SNAP Special

The summer produce season is at its peak and farmers markets are overflowing with fresh, affordable locally-grown fruits and vegetables. To connect low-income families with this delicious and nutritious bounty, our local farmers markets are offering a Summer SNAP special with Virginia Fresh Match.

Local farmers markets currently match the first $20 in SNAP. Starting this weekend, SNAP shoppers can get a limitless market match to encourage SNAP spending on healthy produce.

So if a federal nutrition benefit recipient spends $10 with their SNAP EBT card, they get an additional $10 FREE to purchase fruits and vegetables. If they spend $25, they get a $35 market match, $40 gets $40, and so on.

Here’s how the market token program works:

  • Go to the Market Token Tent
  • Swipe your SNAP EBT card for the amount you choose to spend
  • Double your EBT with Virginia Fresh Match
  • Receive market tokens to shop for farm fresh produce

Virginia Fresh Match is available at these participating markets:

  • Fredericksburg Hurkamp Park, Saturdays 7:00Am to 2:00PM
  • Fredericksburg Mayfield, Thursdays 3:00PM to 6:30PM
  • Spotsylvania Rt3 and Gordon Rd, Saturdays 8:00AM to 1:00PM
  • Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, Wendesdays 2:00PM to 6:00PM
  • King George, Saturdays 8:00AM to 12:00PM

For more information on the Summer SNAP Special visit The Farmers Market site.

Paint The Town Red

logoOn Sunday, July 24th Lifepoint Church will be having their Paint The Town Red food Drive.

You can help Lifepoint Church reach their goal of beating their previous food drive’s total of 32,755 pounds of food donated to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.

So all you #PokemonGo players can make a donation to Paint The Town Red while you’re stopping by Lifepoint Church to visit the #PokeStop

Donations can be dropped off at two locations:

Massaponax High School – 9:30am to 1:30pm
8201 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Lifepoint Church – 9:30am to 1:30pm & 5:30pm to 7:00pm
1400 Central Park Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Fill-The-Bus

Wegmans did their part to help our kids have enough to eat this summer with a huge fill-the-bus event. Over 3,200 pounds of “kid friendly” items like peanut butter, canned peaches, cereal, corn, macaroni and cheese and applesauce arrived at the food bank just in time to put much-needed food back on the shelves to help families struggling to feed their kids through the summer.  A big thank you goes out to the community and Wegmans for helping to fill that bus with much-needed food and providing over 2,700 meals for area children.

French’s Food Company


French’s Food Company President found the nation’s food insecurity statistics to be offensive, he has made it his team’s goal to educate their consumers and make a postive difference in every community served by the Feeding America Network.

Purchase one bottle of the following during the campaign and French’s will donate one meal to your local food bank.

  • 12 oz Horseradish Mustard
  • 12 oz Dijon Mustard with Chardonnay
  • 12 oz Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 14 oz Classic Yellow Mustard
  • 20 oz Classic Yellow Mustard
  • 20 oz Ketchup
  • 32 oz Ketchup

The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory will donate $0.25 for every slice of their Salted Caramel cheesecake sold now through July 28th to Feeding America. The proceeds from this program will be split 50/50 between the national office and local food banks.

 

Hartwood Elementary’s 4th Grade Walk-a-Thon

CaptureBefore saying goodbye to school for the summer, the 4th grade students of Hartwood Elementary School held a Walk-a-Thon to help raise awareness and provide food for area students.  Hartwood 4th grade teacher, Ms. Elena Beard organized the walk to benefit the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.  One hundred students walked on average two miles each to raise $949.19 which will provide 1,898 meals to help families with children home for the summer that need of additional food assistance.  Thank you Ms. Beard and all the kids at Hartwood Elementary School for puttin’ some distance between our kids and hunger…what a great way to create a hunger-free community.  Happy Summer!

The Feedys Award

Capture1Food Lion believes no one should have to make the tough choice between dinner and rent and no one should go hungry.  In 2014, Food Lion committed to ending hunger in the communities they serve through Food Lion Feeds.  Since then Food Lion has helped to provide more than 180 million meals toward their 500 million meal goal, volunteered thousands of hours to local food pantries and made a tremendous impact  working with their food bank partners to help eliminate hunger in the local community.

On June 7, Food Lion hosted the first annual “The Feedys” awards to honor all of Food Lion’s food bank partners, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation grant recipients, and store associates that work hard every day to close the gap on hunger.  Our own Oya Oliver, FRFB President and CEO accepted the Food Lion “The Feedy’s” award plate in honor of the 23 years Food Lion and the FRFB have been working together to create a hunger-free community.  

Thank You Norfleet

A huge thank you goes out to all the folks at Norfleet for donating such beautiful soil for the Grow for your Neighbor garden on the front lawn of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.  This fantastic donation will help to feed many families through the summer and fall months… we thank you Norfleet.  20160623_145040

Hogs Feed Kids

The Hogs Feed Kids event sponsored by Leader in Sports was a great success. Redskin legends Joe Jacoby and Jeff Bostic did a wonderful job of signing autographs, posing for photos and interacting with crowd of folks that stopped by R and R Antiques in Fredericksburg in support of local families. Laura Ragland, owner of R & R Antiques said “we feel so proud to be a part of such a wonderful event.” When all the autograph signing, storytelling, photos, and laughter from this great day was over, enough funds were raised to provide five new Food 4 Families pantries to be established in local schools. According to event organizer Rich Lieberman of Leader in Sports “it’s about the kids and how we can help.” The additional funding for new school pantries will bring the total to 45 Food 4 Families pantries in the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Food 4 Families School Pantry Program. Thank you Redskin legends Joe Jacoby and Jeff Bostic as well as Rich Lieberman of Leader in Sports and Laura Ragland of R & R Antiques for making this event such a success for local families and helping to create a hunger-free community.

Walmart provides $25,000 to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank to purchase local produce for Mobile Pantry Program

Fredericksburg, VA  –  May  26, 2016:  Over 3,500  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 Regional Food Bank (FRFB), 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 Walmart Foundation State Giving Program is providing $25,000 to allow the FRFB to purchase fresh produce throughout the year to increase the variety and nutritional content of food going out to those in need.  According to Mishelle Krogstad, FRFB Agency & Programs Director, “All funding sources are down and we were not sure we would be able to provide fresh food for the Mobile Pantry program this year.  Thank goodness Walmart is allowing us to use this grant funding to help support local farmers while supporting the program.” According to Krogstad, the Walmart funds are being allocated each month to purchase direct from local farmers in an effort to provide fresh food to those in need through the Mobile Pantry program.

“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation understand the importance of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and providing food to those in need,” said Brooke Mueller, Director Government Relations and Public Affairs, Walmart. “We are very pleased to support the Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Program and help bring fresh, local food to families and seniors in the community.”

Last year, over 31,000 people across the Fredericksburg region received food provided through the food bank’s network of partner agencies and programs.  The need has increased this year.  Oya Oliver, CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank says, “Hunger has reached into middle class households.  Hundreds of families are now seeking food assistance that never needed to before and the food bank is there to help.  This funding from Walmart will allow the Mobile Pantry Program to provide fresh, local produce to those struggling with hunger and support buying local throughout the year.”

The public is invited to attend the check presentation on Thursday, May 26, at 10:00 am at the Central Park Walmart 1800 Carl D. Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA.

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank – serving Planning District 16 to include the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George,  Caroline and 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; 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 Grow for Your Neighbor.   For more information on the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, please visit http://www.fredfood.org

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