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IMG_3810On Sunday August 7th, our President & CEO, Oya Oliver was busy at the Harrison Crossing Giant store collecting 1,871 pounds of food and school supplies for the Food-4-Families School Food Pantry program.

Alisa Hundley, Store Manager for Giant #235, was on hand to organize, motivate and participate in this wonderful day of giving.

Alisa wants everyone to know that she thanks them so much for coming out and helping Giant with the food donations and she assures everyone that her store at Harrison Crossing “Will continue to encourage additional donations” to help families in need.

Happy Birthday!

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Ms. Constance Germain had her 90th birthday party last week and she wanted to do something special!

Ms. Constance told us that “at 90 you don’t need anything so I wanted to give to the Fredericksburg Food Bank.”

Through the joy of the day and the wonderful well wishes of her friends and family, Constance collected 220 pounds of food and $360 dollars for the food bank.  It was such a happy phone call to let Constance know that through her generosity, 903 meals or just over 10 times her age in food will be provided to those struggling with hunger.

Constance is “going to tell everyone” and so are we…

Happy, Happy Birthday Ms. Constance and thank you for making your special day special for so many in our community.

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