Bank of America to Provide a 2:1 Charitable Match to Give a Meal Program

Donors can triple their gift to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank.

FREDERICKSBURG, VA (Nov. 13, 2012) – Donors to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank will be able to triple their donations this holiday season thanks to a generous gift from Bank of America.

In a program launched with Feeding America, the bank announced it will provide a $2-for-$1 match of donations to the “Give a Meal” program. Through this match, individuals and customers will be able to triple the impact of their donations and provide meals to people in need. Donors can direct their gifts to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank or to Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization.

Bank of America is the exclusive sponsor of the Give a Meal program this holiday season and will be joined this year by celebrity chef, author and television host Rocco DiSpirito, who will serve as the campaign’s spokesman and raise visibility about hunger in our communities and the simple way people can help.

“We’re proud to partner again with Feeding America,” said Kerry Sullivan, president of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. “The funds raised through the Give a Meal program will help address the pervasive hunger rates and growing demand for food assistance and other critical needs across the United States, in both large and small communities.”
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation will contribute $2 for every $1 donated via or, up to a total match of $1.5 million. In addition, the bank will contribute $1 million to Feeding America and bank employees will participate in more than 300 hunger-related volunteer efforts around the country.

The program was an unprecedented success last year, with more than 8,000 donors from across the country providing more than 26 million meals. The need for hunger relief continues to be great this year. According to the US Department of Agriculture, 50.1 million people in the United States are struggling with hunger. Of that number, 16.7 million are children.

“We are grateful for the support of Bank of America and their generous offer to provide a two for one match,” said Matt Knott, interim president and CEO of Feeding America. “With one in five families in our country in danger of not knowing where their next meal is coming from, the epidemic of hunger is something that we can’t solve alone. Together with Bank of America and its customers, we can bring hope to people this holiday season.”

Food banks are on the front lines fighting hunger year round – including during national disasters. During Hurricane Sandy, for example, Feeding America food banks were able to provide thousands of meals to those in need or displaced from the storm. Disaster relief is just one area that food banks are vital to a community. But it’s during the holidays, that food banks are most critical to those in need.
To help promote the campaign, celebrity chef and author Rocco DiSpirito will participate in a volunteer event at a local food bank, and will urge his large fan base to get involved and donate to the program.
“Through the work I do on the Now Eat This Truck, I see firsthand the challenges many families face in getting food on the table. The Give a Meal Program and the generous match from Bank of America provide an easy way for people to help those in need this holiday season,” said DiSpirito.
A running counter will be displayed on the Give a Meal webpage to tally the number of meals that have been donated during the campaign to date.

Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility
Bank of America’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way across more than 100 markets around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create shared value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. Reaffirming a commitment to develop and sustain a culture of service, bank employee volunteers contributed more than 1.5 million hours in 2011 to enhance the quality of life in their communities worldwide. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.

For more information contact:

Dayna Klein
Major Gifts & Marketing Coordinator
(540) 371-7666 Ext. 131

Give A Meal FAQs

Food Lion Kicks Off Annual Holiday “Hunger Has a Cure” Campaign

Grocer Aims to Raise One Million Pounds of Food for Local Food Banks

Nov. 14, 2012

CONTACT: Benny Smith

SALISBURY, N.C. — Starting today, Food Lion is launching its tenth annual “Hunger Has a Cure” campaign to support Feeding America® and its local member food banks. The campaign, which gives customers the opportunity to donate money, canned good items and purchase ready-made food boxes, runs through Dec. 25.

“Food Lion’s ‘Hunger Has a Cure’ campaign helps alleviate hunger in our communities,” said Sherrii Webb, community relations manager for Food Lion. “During our holiday food drive, Food Lion and our customers hope to donate one million pounds of food locally, and raise $100,000 during our at-register campaign, to serve local food banks in our communities. We look forward to helping local food banks provide warm and nutritious meals to those in need this holiday season.”

Food Lion has ready-made food boxes, which contain five items of private-label products, and are available at all Food Lion stores for $4.99 each, while supplies last. All stores will have a designated food collection area where customers can place the food boxes or other non-perishable items. Customers also have the opportunity to make cash donations at the register. All food donations remain locally in the community.

So far this year, the company donated more than 29 million pounds of food to local food banks. The “Hunger Has a Cure” Campaign has raised more than $7.7 million in food and donations to assist families since the food drive began in 2002.

About Food Lion
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., is a subsidiary of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG) and operates more than 1,100 supermarkets.
The company employs approximately 58,000 associates delivering quality products, low prices and service to customers in 11 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. For more information, visit

About Feeding America®
Feeding America® provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit Find us on Facebook at or follow our news on Twitter at

Eagle Food Drive

When: Saturday, December 1st
Where: Neighborhoods Along Old Plank Rd
Time: 8:00 AM

Zachary Rudden with Troop 77 will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items for the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank on Saturday, December 1st.

If you’re unable to donate food but would still like to help Zachary with his goal you can make a monetary donation on our website by clicking the Donate Now button and selecting Zachary’s Eagle Project in the program designation drop down list.

To view a list of our most needed items click here.

To download a copy of the flyer for this event click here.

To make a monetary donation to Zachary’s Eagle Project click here. In the program designation box select Zachary’s Eagle Project.

For more information contact:

Dayna Klein
Major Gifts & Marketing Coordinator
(540) 371-7666 Ext. 131

Will Swim For Food

When: Saturday, December 15th

Griffin Mahon is a 16-year-old junior at Courtland High School. He’s been a swimmer since the age of 5. Griffin found out about a fundraiser based in Santa Cruz, California that raises money for local food banks.

To raise money participants collect donations for a one mile swim in the Pacific Ocean with the water hovering near 50 degrees. He though it would be a great way to support the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank and has pledged to raise $1,000.00 to provide 3,000 meals to our community.

He would like your help in doing this!

Online donations can be made at Griffin’s personal fundraising page here. They can also be made on our website by clicking the Will Swim for Food logo.

To learn more about Will Swim for Food visit their website.

To download a copy of the flyer for this event click here.

For more information contact:

Dayna Klein
Major Gifts & Marketing Coordinator
(540) 371-7666 Ext. 131