In Honor of Diane Kuechler

CaptureThe Fredericksburg Area Food Bank would like to thank everyone at the Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department member and auxiliary family for allowing us to glimpse the generosity of spirit and love the community felt for Diane Kuechler.   To celebrate her life and efforts to give back to the community, the volunteers, auxiliary, friends and family of Diane collected funds to help feed the hungry.  Total donations raised from both online and collected donations totals 4,136.50.  This equates to 12, 400 meals provided back to the hungry of our community.  What a loving tribute to a life well shared.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Jam

2014-05-19 002 2014-05-19 003Proud mom Theresa Blanton stopped by the food bank earlier this week to surprise us with a wonderful donation collected by her daughter, Shelby.  Shelby Blanton is a junior Patriot High School and as part of her dosomething.org campaign Shelby organized a “Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam.”   The 200 pounds of food Shelby collected will provide 166 meals back to the hungry of our community.  Way to “do something” pretty special Shelby…thank you!

Stamp Out Hunger

food_drive_2014_flat_rgb_redoThe Results Are In!!!!

This years NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive raised 72,082 pounds!!! That’s 886 more pounds than the previous year. There was a total of 68,637 pounds collected on Saturday May 10th and an additional 3,445 pounds come in from the various post offices throughout the following week.

The Post Office Totals

  1. Fredericksburg Post Office – 26,627 pounds
  2. Stafford Post Office – 13,723 pounds
  3. Falmouth Post Office – 10,903 pounds
  4. King George Post Office – 7,710 pounds
  5. Spotsylvania Post Office – 6,441 pounds
  6. Colonial Beach Post Office – 3,233 pounds

 

Older Americans Month

May Is Older Americans Month

Right here in a community not far from Fredericksburg, lives one of our clients whose name is Willie. He is 91 years old, worked the better part of his adult life, and now has to rely on a small social security check to make ends meet each month. Willie can still drive, and each month comes to one of the Mobile Pantry sites operated by the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. Each time he comes, Willie is grateful to the volunteers who help him take the food to his car. Without this monthly food assistance, Willie does not know how he would have enough food to eat. With little income and no savings, thousands of older Americans in the Fredericksburg region face impossible decisions, such as choosing between paying for healthcare or prescriptions and buying groceries.

Although food insecurity—not having access to enough food for an active or healthy life—affects people of all ages, seniors are particularly vulnerable because they have unique nutritional needs related to aging and/or medical conditions and often have limited income and out-of-pocket medical expenses. Because seniors often need the medication to maintain their health, many elderly Americans must forgo the foods they need to stay healthy.

A recent research report, entitled Spotlight on Senior Health: Adverse Health Outcomes of Food Insecure Older Americans, finds that food insecure seniors are more likely than those who are food secure to have a lower nutrient intake and to be at a higher risk for chronic health conditions and depression.

The study reveals that when compared to food-secure seniors, food-insecure seniors are 60 percent more likely to experience depression, 53 percent more likely to report a heart attack, 52 percent more likely to develop asthma, and 40 percent more likely to report an experience of congestive heart failure. These findings are especially troublesome when paired with the reality that 30 percent of seniors who rely on our local food pantries for help report that they have had to choose between paying for food and paying for medical care. According to the study Hunger in America 2010, among food pantry clients 65 and older, more than half reported visiting a pantry on a monthly basis, the highest of any age group.
To combat these issues, many food banks, like Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, operate senior grocery programs and mobile pantries to get food to those seniors that need it most. Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, has served the Fredericksburg area for 32 years, feeding 3,400 seniors last year, utilizing Mobile Pantry programs, a Senior Food for Life program, and distribution through a network of over 70 partner agencies operating food pantries. Food insecurity in Virginia is at 12.1%, including those seniors struggling to stay nourished.

Feeding America is the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the country. Through its network of more than 200 member food banks, Feeding America serves 37 million people in need annually, including 3 million seniors. With widespread community support, Fredericksburg Area Food Bank is working with Feeding America to ensure vulnerable seniors are provided with much-needed nutritious food. However, charity alone cannot solve senior hunger in our community.

In addition to generous private donations, we rely on commodities through the USDA TEFAP program to supplement 1,800 nutritious monthly food packages to low-income seniors, and help connect seniors to other programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), to ensure they have groceries to last them through the month, so seniors do not have to choose between filling prescriptions or filling their pantries.

As our elected officials make decisions about state and federal budgets, it’s important that our community knows that many of our seniors right here in the Fredericksburg region that includes Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George, and the city of Fredericksburg rely on both federal nutrition programs and food banks to get by each month. Without funding for USDA Commodities it would make it much harder for Fredericksburg Area Food Bank to safeguard local seniors from hunger, and we urge Congress to protect nutrition programs and allocate the funding to serve all eligible seniors.

Together, we can provide hope to seniors and families in need.

Sincerely,
Oya N. Oliver
President and CEO
Fredericksburg Area Food Bank

NACL Stamp Out Hunger

Fill A Bag. Feed Families.

food_drive_2014_flat_rgb_redoOn May 10, 2014 letter carriers across the country will be collecting food for families in need.

It’s easy to help:

  1. Collect and bag non-perishable food items*
  2. Place by mailbox for letter carrier to collect.

*Donate items like canned meats, fish, soup, juice, vegetables, past, cereal, peanut butter and rice. Please do not include items that are perishable or in glass containers.

Help Us Stamp Out Hunger, Spread the Word

Facebook.com/StampOutHunger
@StampOutHunger

Give14 Power Hour!

We Have 24 Hours To Help The Community

CFRRR-Give-Logo_Color-Vert-RGBToday, May 6, we need to log on to http://www.communitygive.org and donate to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank.

The Union First Market Bank “Home Stretch” Prizes
The first four nonprofits that receive the most unique gifts between 9:00pm to 11:00pm will receive a price of $2,500

How can you help? Encourage 3 friends along with yourself to donate to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. You can donate any amount but gifts of $25 or more from different credit cards count as a unique gift. Certain prizes will be awarded based on the number of unique gifts of $25 or more.

Donate – Have Fun – Encourage Friends – Spread the Word – Be part of the BIG day!

 

Give14 Power Hour!

We Have 24 Hours To Help The Community

CFRRR-Give-Logo_Color-Vert-RGBToday, May 6, we need to log on to http://www.communitygive.org and donate to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank.

The “The Crack of Dawn” Prizes
The first four nonprofits that receive the most unique gifts between 6:00am to 8:00am will receive a price of $2,500

How can you help? Encourage 3 friends along with yourself to donate to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. You can donate any amount but gifts of $25 or more from different credit cards count as a unique gift. Certain prizes will be awarded based on the number of unique gifts of $25 or more.

Donate – Have Fun – Encourage Friends – Spread the Word – Be part of the BIG day!

Give14 Power Hour!

We Have 24 Hours To Help The Community

CFRRR-Give-Logo_Color-Vert-RGBToday, May 6, we need to log on to http://www.communitygive.org and donate to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank.

Robert Cullen O’Neil “Midnight Shift”
The first four nonprofits that receive the most unique gifts between 12:00am to 1:00am will receive a price of $2,500

How can you help? Encourage 3 friends along with yourself to donate to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. You can donate any amount but gifts of $25 or more from different credit cards count as a unique gift. Certain prizes will be awarded based on the number of unique gifts of $25 or more.

Donate – Have Fun – Encourage Friends – Spread the Word – Be part of the BIG day!

Community Give 2014

We Have 24 Hours To Help The Community

CFRRR-Give-Logo_Color-Vert-RGBOn Tuesday, May 6, we need to log on to http://www.thecommunitygive.org and donate to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank.

How can you help? Encourage 3 friends along with yourself to donate to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. You can donate any amount but gifts of $25 or more from different credit cards count as a unique gift. Certain prizes will be awarded based on the number of unique gifts of $25 or more.

Donate – Have Fun – Encourage Friends – Spread the Word – Be part of the BIG day!

Here are the best times to give on MAY 6TH:

12:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m.
Robert Cullen O’Neill “Midnight Shift” Prizes
Four Midnight Shift prizes of $2,500 each will be awarded to the nonprofits that receive the highest number of unique gifts of $25 or more between 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m.

6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
The “The Crack of Dawn” Prizes
Four Crack of Dawn prizes of $2,500 each will be awarded to the nonprofits that receive the highest number of unique gifts of $25 or more between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
The Union First Market Bank “Home Stretch” Prizes
four prizes of $2,500 each will be awarded to the nonprofits that receive the highest number of unique gifts of $25 or more between 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Stamp Out Hunger

22nd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive

Onfood_drive_2014_flat_rgb_redo Saturday, May 10, 2014, the NALC will collect food donations in order to provide assistance to the millions that are struggling with hunger across America. Look for a Stamp Out Hunger Letter Carrier Food Drive postcard in your mailbox right before the food drive!

Now in its 22nd year, the Stamp Out Hunger effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2013, over 74 million pounds of food were donated nation wide!

Last year our community donated 71,196 pounds of non-perishables to the NALC’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

To participate:
1) Collect and bag non-perishable food items*
2) Place by your mailbox on May 11th for your letter carrier to pick up

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger effort in your community, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office, visit either http://www.helpstampouthunger.com orhttp://www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, or follow the drive athttp://www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.

For a list of our most needed items click here.

* Donate items like canned meats, fish, soup, bottled juice, vegetables, pasta, cereal and rice that do not require refrigeration. Please do not include items that have expired or are in glass containers.