Thank You Giant Food

This week Giant Food stopped by the FRFB to personally deliver 200 beautiful hams to help feed hungry families.
These hams are a welcome donation and will provide over 800 meals this spring.
Receiving this year’s donation of honey glazed hams from Giant Food is FRFB president and CEO Oya Oliver.
 
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Pictured with Ms. Oliver are Clay Rolfe Giant Food District Director 103, Matthew Logan, Perishable Manager Store #235, Joseph Caporaletti Meat Seafood Specialist, Alberto Tiradoy, Produce Specialist, Barbara Bechtel, Store manager #770, Matthew Cohn, Store Manager
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Giant Food’s Our Family Foundation

Giant Food’s Our Family Foundation Awards Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank $112,500 Grant to Grow Child Feeding Programs

FREDERICKSBURG, VA  (February 17, 2017) – Giant Food’s Our Family Foundation recently awarded the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank (FRFB) with a $112,500 grant to grow child feeding programs designed at ending child hunger in our community.  With an eye to sustainability, the FRFB will use this grant funding to expand the Kids on the Go Summer Feeding (KOG), the Club Kids II Pilot Afterschool Fresh Snack Program and the Food-4-Families (F4F) School Pantry Programs.

Giant’s grant funding will provide much needed food resources to expand the Kids on the Go Summer Feeding Program.  For two years the FRFB has been providing freshly prepared meals to the children of Caroline County through congregate feeding sites.  According to FRFB Children’s Program Coordinator, LaToya Brown “Though we count our efforts as successful, we recognize that a large portion of the county’s neediest children do not have the means to access our summer meals due to transportation barriers. Using these funds to add a mobile feeding component to our congregate meal program will enable us to provide meals to the most food insecure children through a targeted delivery route incorporating stops at sites approved as area-eligible open feeding sites through the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).”

This grant funding from Giant will allow the FRFB to expand the summer feeding program and provide four mobile meal sites and two congregate meals sites in Caroline County for three days each week Tues-Thurs, for 10 weeks.  The remaining counties will be served through five congregate meal service sites at area schools, low income housing communities and the local library.

The Club Kids II Pilot Program will target low-income areas in Planning District 16 to include sites in the City of Fredericksburg and Stafford County.  We chose to target sites located in these service areas due to their high child food insecurity rates and limited afterschool snack/meal availability. We began the Club Kids II Pilot with an early roll-out of sites and will include additional sites as the year progresses. Partnering with agencies that provide afterschool care will enable the Club Kids II Pilot Program to reach needy children with an additional fresh food source to fill in the hunger gap between being released from class and arriving at home.

Giant’s previous grant funding helped launch our Food-4-Families School Pantry Program and we are continuing to grow the program this year.  The Food-4-Families School Pantry Program is a collaborative effort between the FRFB, participating schools and community sponsors and is designed to provide on-site school pantries so families experiencing food insecurity or crisis have immediate access to a 2-3 day supply of healthy meal items from a trusted community partner.  This will allow the family time to access a local pantry and obtain Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) information to sustain should long-term assistance be required.

In working together to effectively implement this grant funding, garnering support from the community, volunteers, and advocates, and collaborating with area schools we can end childhood hunger in our community.

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About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 167 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 167 stores are 158 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 81 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2015, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13.9 million, and the local grocer helped partners provide 88 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit http://www.giantfood.com.

 

About 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 3.9 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. The FRFB provides support for 69 local partner 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

Van Donation from Dominion Virginia Power

 

FREDERICKSBURG, VA (March 1, 2017) – For many, a simple white van on the road is just another vehicle, but at the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank (FRFB), that van is the lifeline carrying food and hygiene articles to those struggling with hunger.  When the FRFB needed to replace an aging vehicle, that’s when Dominion Virginia Power stepped in and donated a 2006, Chevrolet cargo van.

“Many in the community do not realize that without trucks and vans on the road each day the food bank would not be able to provide food for the more than 35,000 people in Fredericksburg, and surrounding counties that need help,” said Oya Oliver, President and CEO of the FRFB. “Dominion understands that having a dependable vehicle for our drivers is important to keep our commitment of delivering food to our 70 partner agency pantries.”

“We are so excited to receive this cargo van from Dominion,” said Mishelle Krogstad, Agency and Programs Director at the FRFB. “It will replace our 2002, van for everyday pickups so you know you will see it all over town.”

The keys to the van were recently presented to FRFB Operations Manager, Steve Carty, by Eric Tatum, Dominion’s local manager of Distribution Construction.

“The cargo van served us well over the years, and considering it’s in excellent operating condition, it will serve the FRFB for many more years to come,” Tatum said. “It is our privilege to donate the van to an organization that folks in our community depend on for a basic human need.”

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About 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 3.9 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. The FRFB provides support for 70 local partner 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

Walt Disney Company to Strengthen Produce Program

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Receives $15,000 Grant from The Walt Disney Company to Strengthen Produce Program

Food Bank Receives Grant to Purchase Cooler to Store Fresh Produce

Fredericksburg, VA (Jan 18, 2017) – The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank has been awarded a $15,000 grant from The Walt Disney Company to strengthen the Produce Program, in order to promote the well-being of children and families who struggle with hunger.  The food bank will be using this money to purchase a drive-in cooler exclusively for the storage of fresh produce.  According to the FRFB Agency and Programs Director, Mishelle Krogstad, “This grant will help the FRFB increase our ability to store produce and keep it fresh, therefore distributing more nutritious food to hungry families and children and the community.”

The food bank serves as the charitable food distribution center for 69 non-profit and faith-based organizations throughout Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and Locust Grove.  Sourcing local produce is the heart of the food bank’s Produce Program, providing emergency food distribution through forty one on-site school pantries to allow families to obtain healthy food and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) information in a safe and friendly environment.  Oya Oliver, FRFB President and CEO stated, “We are very grateful for Disney’s commitment to the children and families living in our community.  As our communities grow, the need increases, and with the help of organizations like Disney, the FRFB is able to assist in the alleviation of hunger.  We are especially grateful for the financial support that will allow us to provide healthy foods to those living in remote areas; in particular school aged children, the elderly, the disabled, and families who must face hunger on a daily basis.”

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About 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 3.9 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. The FRFB provides support for 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

CANstruction 2017

This years CANstruction “Driving Out Hunger” was a smashing hit! A total of 21,625 pounds of food and $757 were collected equaling 19,235 meals that we can provide to those in need within our community. Thank you to everyone who made this years event possible. Without all of your hard work and support non of […]

Wells Fargo Grant

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Receives $2,675 Grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to Support the Food for Life
Food Bank Receives Grant to Purchase Fresh Produce and Healthy Food for Seniors

Fredericksburg, VA (Jan 17, 2016) – The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank has been awarded a $2,675 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to provide food and produce for the Food for Life program. According to the FRFB Agency and Programs Director, Mishelle Krogstad, “This grant will allow us to provide nutritious, supplemental food assistance to the elderly of our community, who are living on a limited income.”

The food bank serves as the charitable food distribution center for 69 non-profit and faith-based organizations throughout Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and Locust Grove. The FFL program provides a box of nutritious food each month to the low-income elderly of our community, supplementing their nutritional requirements. Oya Oliver, FRFB President and CEO stated, “We are very thankful that this gift from the Wells Fargo Foundation will help us provide healthy food to our seniors.  Daily we come in contact with elderly who live on such tight budgets that they have a hard time finding funds to pay for food and other essentials of daily living.  This gift will help to alleviate the stress that their living situations create.”

Jingle Belly Fun Run

The 3rd Annual Jingle Belly Fun Run at the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank was a great success.  Runners of all ages hit the track along with Mr. and Mrs. Clause to help jingle off some of that holiday belly.
Race Winners:
1st – Dan Morris
2nd – David Ashai
3rd – Charlotte Kolodgie
Our volunteers did a great job transforming the FRFB warehouse and the track to ensure a fun time for all.  Thank you to all the volunteers for all you do each day and all you did to make the event such a success.
A huge thank you goes out to our sponsors Wegmans, Woodforest Bank, McCottry Innovation Labs and Scott Financial Services.  We also know that an event is not the same without a safe location and wonderful music so we also want to say thank you to the Rappahannock Criminal Justice Academy for allowing us to use their facilities and Mike Neville and Kayla Taylor from Thunder 104.5 for providing the prize wheel, cowbells for cheering, and great holiday music.
Wishing all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season…

Leader In Sports Football Auction

B101.5 has teamed up with Leader In Sports to raise money for the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank’s Food-4-Families program this holiday season.

Leader In Sports has provided B101.5 with five (5) autographed items ranging from football’s and jerseys to a Texas stadium seat back, all signed by some of the NFL’s Hall of Famer’s. 100% of all the proceeds will go to the FRFB’s Food-4-Families program.

Each week day morning between 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., starting Monday, December 5th, Dee will open up the phones for you to bid on that day’s item. When the auction begins, call 1-800-685-1015 or 540-899-1015 to place your bid. The highest bid at the end of the auction wins.

Auction Items

  • December 5th – Dallas Cowboy, Tony Dorsett, autographed football
  • December 6th – Autographed Redskins Jersey (Joe Theismann)
  • December 7th – Autographed Steelers Jersey (Jack Lambert)
  • December 8th – Dallas Cowboys Seat Back (18 signatures)
  • December 9th – Autographed Redskins Legends Football (40 signatures)

 

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.