Leader In Sports Football Auction

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

Leader In Sports has provided us  with five (5) autographed items ranging from autographed football’s to jersey’s, all signed by some of the NFL’s Hall of Famer’s.  100% of all the proceeds will go to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank towards the Food-4-Families program.

Each week day morning between 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., from Monday, December 4 – Friday, December 8, Dee will open up the phone and text lines for you to bid on that day’s item.  When the auction begins, call or text 1-800-685-1015 or 540-899-1015 to place your bid.  The highest bid at the end of the auction win.

About the Food-4-Families Program

The Food-4-Families program is a way to help not only the child but the entire family with supplemental food. A food pantry is established on-site at participating schools with food and storage items provided by the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank. As the schools determine a family is in need, the school officials can help the family select items from the Food-4-Families pantry to allow them to prepare healthy family meals for 2-3 days until the family can get to a community pantry.

Click here if you’d like to simply make a donation to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.

Below are the items that will be up for auction…

  • December 4th – Cleveland Browns Autographed Football (Logo Football signed by Hall of Famer Jim Brown)
  • December 5th – Autographed Washington Redskins Jersey (Jersey signed by Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen)
  • December 6th – Autographed Dallas Cowboys Football (Logo Football signed by Hall of Famer Roger Staubach)
  • December 7th – Autographed Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey (Jersey signed Hall of Famer Mean Joe Greene)
  • December 8th – Autographed Washington Redskins Football (Logo Football signed by 32 former Redskins)

Jingle Belly Fun Run

Join us and fellow Jingle Bellies at the 4th Annual Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Jingle Belly Fun Run as we fun run/walk the 1 mile track at the   Rappahannock Criminal Justice Academy in all our fun holiday finery.                

 Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017

 Where: 3631 Lee Hill Drive Fredericksburg, VA 22408

 Time: Registration check in begins at 8:00 am 

 Fun Run begins at 9:00

After the run, we invite you to join us at the food bank to receive your Jingle Belly t-shirt, sip some cocoa, kids face painting, jump in the bouncy house, create a craft, and enjoy some treats. Remember to bring a camera for photos.

Online Registration: www.fredfood.org  (begins 10/27/2017)

  $25 per person or $20 each for groups of 3 or more

SPONSORSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE: Contact Dayna Klein dklein@fredfood.org

7th Annual Band Together to Fight Hunger Showcase

Attention Music Lovers! Marching Band Students across Stafford County are once again Banding Together to Fight Hunger in our community. On Monday, November 6th at 7 pm, with an rain date of November 13, our own talented musicians from Brooke Point, Colonial Forge, Mountain View, North Stafford, and Stafford High Schools will “BAND Together to Fight Hunger” through a showcase of instrumental talent.  For one night only, over 400 kids will perform on the Mountain View football field to show what is possible when the greater community works together to provide food assistance to those in need.  Last year this event provided 28,000 meals for our community!

You all are cordially invited to attend this exciting 7th annual event on Monday night, November 6th.   Mountain View High School is located at 2135 Mountain View Road in Stafford. Gates will open at 5:30 pm with a wide offering of concessions provided. Non-perishable food item donations are suggested.  Monetary donations are also happily accepted.  Come have dinner, hear the Sounds of Stafford’s finest, and participate in a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds benefit the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and provide food back to the hungry right here in our own community.

If you’re interested in being a business partner with this event or would like more information please contact: BandTogetherStafford@gmail.com. All business partners donating $500 or more will join us on field for a Big Check Presentation prior to the Grand Finale.

There is a Real Possibility Seniors are at it Again!

Our local Fredericksburg Chapter AARP 3396 is working hard to end hunger.  Again this year they partnered with our friends at Giant Food, RAAA Partners in Aging and Mental Health America to collect over 3,200 pounds and over $490 to help the hungry of our community.  This is always such a great success and we would like to thank all those that participated but especially Marietta D’Ostilio for her tireless efforts putting everything together, for organizing the volunteers, and keeping an eye on all the details that make this annual food drive such a success.  Thank you!

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LDS Chancellor Ward Day to Serve

The Chancellor Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) was out in force on what can only be described as Month to Serve.  Working with the LDS youth group and the Boy Scouts, two area stores to include Giant Harrison Crossing and Central Park Walmart really helped to make the difference.   When all of the in person, cash and gift card donations were added to the online virtual food drive donations, this year’s Day to Serve was the largest ever for the Chancellor Ward – 8,076 pounds of food to provide over 6,700 meals. What a MONTH of Service Chancellor Ward…thank you!

McDonald’s is Kicking-Off Band Together to Fight Hunger

All six Stafford area McDonald’s will be collection sites for this year’s Band Together to Fight Hunger Celebration!

From October 18th through November 6th, when you bring in a non-perishable donation you can choose to receive either a cookie or a cone at area McDonald’s while supplies last.

For the 7th year, Band Together to Fight Hunger will bring together marching bands from across Stafford County. Join us on Monday, November 6th at 7 pm, with a rain date of November 13, as our own talented musicians from Brooke Point, Colonial Forge, Mountain View, North Stafford, and Stafford High Schools “BAND Together to Fight Hunger” through a showcase of instrumental talent.  For one night only, over 400 kids will perform on the Mountain View football field to show what is possible when the greater community works together to provide food assistance to those in need.  Last year this event provided 28,000 meals for our community!  This year our goal is 30,000 meals and with your help, we know we can do it.

Mountain View High School is located at 2135 Mountain View Road in Stafford. Gates will open at 5:30 pm with a wide offering of concessions provided. Non-perishable food item donations are suggested.  Monetary donations are also happily accepted.  Come have dinner, hear the sounds of Stafford’s finest, and participate in a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds benefit the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and provide food back to the hungry right here in our own community.

Our Feds Feed Lots of Families

Feds Feed Families USDASara Baucher (pictured) from the USDA was the first official Feds Feed Families donor to kick off this year’s donation process with 120 pounds of beautiful produce in June.  

Throughout the summer we received donations from AEGIS BMD Missile Defense Agency in Dahlgren in the amount of 1,642 pounds, Defense Security Service in Quantico in the amount of 1,228 pounds and the Department of Defense / OUSPI in the amount of 839 pounds.  We then had to add the 768 pounds received from the Strategic Acquisition Center in Fredericksburg, the 299 pounds from the USDA in Fredericksburg , the Stafford DMV contribution of 65 pounds and the Department of US Treasury/IRS in Fredericksburg providing 79 pounds.  We closed the summer out strong with donations of 83 pounds from the Social Security office in Fredericksburg and a generous contribution from the NBIB-OPM in Stafford providing 333 pounds.  When you add all the Feds collected you will see they provided 5,456 pounds of food which will provide 4,547 meals to feed families.

Pop… Pop… Hooray!

Sweet IzzysSweet Izzy’s Kettle Corn donated a portion of their August sales to the FRFB to help the hungry of our community.  Sweet Izzy’s yummy kettle corn sales at the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center and the Gordon Road Commuter Lot Farmer’s Markets generated $505.00 to help the hungry of our community.   Thank you Sweet Izzy’s for supporting locally sourced treats and helping provide 1,010 meals to hungry neighbors.

FRFB Receives $18,780 Grant from Altria Companies

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Receives $18,780 Grant from Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) to Support the Food For Life Program

Food Bank Receives Grant to Purchase Food for Hungry Seniors and the Disabled

Fredericksburg, VA (July 18, 2017) – The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank has been awarded a $18,780 grant from Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) to provide food and produce for the Food for Life (FFL) program.  According to the FRFB Agency and Programs Director, Mishelle Krogstad, “Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, tells us that  56% of food pantry clients over 65 need to visit a food pantry every month in order to provide for their basic needs.  Nationally, 30% of seniors who seek assistance from food pantries indicated they had to choose between food and medical care and 35% had to choose between food and paying their utilities. This grant will allow us to provide supplemental food assistance to the elderly and disabled of our community to help avoid these difficult choices.”

The food bank serves as the charitable food hub, distributing food to 73 non-profit and faith-based organizations throughout Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and Locust Grove. The Food for Life program alleviates hunger for low-income elderly and disabled individuals by providing monthly in-home deliveries of supplemental food. Oya Oliver, FRFB President and CEO stated, “due to skyrocketing expenses and increased personal costs, the challenge our FFL recipients face each day is the need to meet their dietary requirements, while struggling to live on a fixed income.  These monthly deliveries of supplemental food improve nutrition and reduce the stress that comes with food insecurity.  We are so thankful to ACECF for this opportunity to help provide additional food for this vulnerable population in our community.”  

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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 73 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

About Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF)

ACECF is a workplace-giving program managed directly by its employees.ACECF is one of a small number of programs of this type in the U.S. The fund illustrates the power of employees combining their contributions for a greater impact than they could achieve by donating individually. ACECF was founded in 2000 because employees wanted to be more actively involved in helping their communities. Employees choose the fund’s focus areas, and serve on committees that manage the fundraising and grantmaking selection process. Altria Group makes an annual contribution to ACECF and pays its administrative costs. This ensures that every employee dollar raised goes directly to support non-profit organizations in its local communities.

FRFB Receives $15,000 Grant

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Receives $15,000 Grant from Richard & Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust to Support Pantry Distribution Program

Food Bank Receives Grant to Purchase Refrigerated Truck

Fredericksburg, VA (Aug 3, 2017) – The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Richard & Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, to assist with the purchase of a refurbished refrigerated box truck.  According to the FRFB Agency and Programs Director, Mishelle Krogstad, “This grant will enable the food bank to purchase a truck that will pick up larger donations to stock our shelves.  This will include a greater amount of perishables that otherwise go to waste, providing a larger, healthier selection for the hungry families we serve.  By transporting nutritious food items in the most efficient and safe way possible, this truck will help the food bank to meet the growing needs of the hungry in our community.”  

The food bank serves as a charitable food hub, stocking the pantries of 72 non-profit and faith-based organizations throughout Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and Locust Grove through our Pantry Distribution program.  Oya Oliver, FRFB President and CEO stated, “Our Pantry Distribution program assists families in getting what they need quickly, to help remove some of the stress that can result from not having enough food.  We are so thankful to the Gwathmey Memorial Trust for this opportunity to  purchase a newer vehicle, which will serve the food bank for years to come.”    

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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 4.2 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. The FRFB provides support for 72 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