Latter-Day Saints Day to Serve 2016

The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints had another wonderful Day to Serve event this year.  A total of 5 Wards collected food for the FRFB for distribution to the hungry during this years Day to Serve.  Beginning in September, the Chancellor, Spotsylvania, Massaponax, Rappahannock, and White Oak Wards began hosting food drives and collecting canned food items to help meet the needs of those struggling with food insecurity.
On behalf of all those you helped through service the FRFB would like to thank:
  • LDS Massaponax Ward – Bishop Meppan, 366 pounds provides 305 meals
  • LDS Spotsylvania Ward – Bishop Andrews, 1,076 pounds provides 897 meals
  • LDS Rappahannock Ward – Bishop Jenkins & Edmonds, 856 pounds provides 713 meals
  • LDS White Oak Ward – Bishop Bylund, 1,042 pounds provides 868 meals
  • LDS Chancellor Ward – Nancy Cole & Kids, 6,196 pounds provides 5,163 meals

This year’s Day to Serve total equals 7,946 meals that will be provided to those in need in our community.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this Day to Serve for being willing to serve and serving so graciously.

Canstruction 2017

Canstruction is coming to the Spotsylvania Towne Centre January 12-16, 2017

On Thursday, January 12 the Spotsylvania Towne Centre will begin the transformation as teams from throughout Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George and the City of Fredericksburg and Locust Grove will begin building.

Students, veterans, community, and business leaders with the help of engineers, architects, contractors, and designers will form 5-person teams to build sculptures out of canned goods depicting how one can make a difference in the lives of the hungry right here in our community.

FORM YOUR TEAM NOW – YOU MUST REGISTER BEFORE December 15, 2016

All proceeds benefit the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.

Winners will be announced at the official awards ceremony on Monday, Jan 16, 207

Click here to Register

BAND Together To Fight Hunger

A showcase of marching band talent to benefit the FRFB presented by Stafford County’s High School Marching Bands at Mountain View High School in the Football Field on Monday, November 7th. Gates open at 5:30 PM and the first band will perform at 7:00 PM. Donations of non-perishable food or cash donations are gladly accepted. Online donations can be made here.

Marching bands from Brooke Point, Colonial Forge, Mountain View, North Stafford & Stafford High Schools will perform. In case of rain BAND Together will be held on Monday, November 14th.

Download a flyer here.

Jingle Belly Fun Run

Join us and fellow Jingle Bellies at the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank in all our fun holiday finery as we fun run/walk the 1 mile track next door at the Rappahannock Criminal Justice Academy, our wonderful neighbors are graciously allowing us to use their track again for the race this year.

After the run we invite you to walk over to the food bank, where local high schools have helped with decorations, to enjoy a mug of cocoa, listen to some music, maybe fly a mini-drone, create a craft, take a tour, and sample delicious treats.

As a special treat, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance and there will be free photo opportunities, so bring your camera.

Date: Saturday, December 10th
Time: 8:00 am Registration | 9:00 am Fun Run
Location: 3631 Lee Hill Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Cost: $20 per person. Groups of 3 or more $18 per person. Children 3 and under are Free
** All registrants over 4 will receive a t-shirt. Additional t-shirts are available for purchase online**

Click Here to Register for the Jingle Belly Fun Run.


Sponsorship Opportunities

There are 3 sponsorship levels:

  • Jingle Belly Shirt Sponsor: As a shirt sponsor, for a donation of $350, your name or the logo of your company will be featured prominently on the back of the shirt, letting the community know you are helping to care for the area hungry.
    You will be featured in the radio and social media advertising, as well as at the event throughout the day.
    You will also have one drone of your choosing named to represent your organization in the Mini-Drone Jingle Belly Flight Event.
  • Jingle Belly Flight Sponsor: You become a Jingle Belly Flight Sponsor when you donate $125 to the event by December 1. A mini-drone of your choosing will be named to represent your organization in the Mini-Drone Jingle Belly Flight Event.
    Our wonderful neighbors at the Rappahannock Criminal Justice Academy are graciously allowing us to use their track again for the race, the local high schools are helping with decorations, and we will even provide free cookies and cocoa to participants.
    As a special treat, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance and there will be free photo opportunities, so bring your camera.
  • Jingle Belly Food Sponsor: You become a food sponsor through donations of healthy food to the FRFB. For food donations in excess of 400 pounds of food received by December 1, your name or the logo of your company will be featured prominently on the back of the Jingle Belly shirt and announced at the event.

Monetary Sponsorship can be made Online.
Additionally, these sponsorship’s can be made by mail or in person by filling out this form.

Columbia Gas of Virginia

cgvlogoFor every “Like” or “Follow” on the Columbia Gas Facebook and Twitter social media pages, Columbia Gas will donate $5.00.

Columbia Gas of VA will donate a maximum donation of $2,500 to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and six other local food banks throughout the company’s service territory with a combined total donation of $17,500.

Facebook likes and Twitter followers will be tabulated starting 12:00 AM Monday, October 17th and ending 12:00 PM Friday, November 18th.

All social media users are qualified participants, not limited to Columbia Gas customers.

Columbia Gas of Virginia is helping people struggling with hunger and poverty. This gift enables the food banks to provide much needed food and assistance to local community members.

Columbia Gas of Virginia:

Community Input Needed

The Fredericksburg Regional Continuum of Care is seeking community-wide input and value your participating in the following survey on homelessness. The survey should take only 5-10 minutes to complete. Individual responses will be entirely anonymous.

Please consider responding if you are a resident of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline or Stafford county.

Take The Survey!

The survey was created by UMW sociology professor Dr. Debra Schleef on behalf of the Fredericksburg Regional CoC, with input from their consortium of member organizations. The results will be used to further their mission toward ending homelessness in our community.

A summary report of the results will be available on their website in early 2017.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

Stuff-A-Truck

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