Walmart Saves the Day! The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank receives $50,000 to purchase local produce for the Mobile Pantry Program.
Fredericksburg, VA – July 30, 2014: Over 3,000 residents depend on the food provided by the Mobile Pantry to help them close the meal gap resulting from loss of income and the decrease in SNAP benefits. The Mobile Pantry, a program of the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank (FAFB), provides food to remote or underserved areas throughout Planning District 16. There are 10 Mobile Pantry stops between Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George and the City of Fredericksburg that provide a supplemental food resource for families and seniors experiencing food insecurity.
The Wal-Mart Foundation State Giving Program has provided $50,000 to allow the FAFB to purchase fresh produce throughout the year to increase the variety and nutritional content of food going out to those in need. According to Dayna Klein, FAFB Grants Manager, “Walmart has been very generous. We did not receive any United Way funding this year for the Mobile Pantry Program and that raised great concern as to whether we would be able to continue to provide the service. Thank goodness Walmart is allowing us to use this grant funding to help support local farmers while supporting the program.” According to Klein, the Walmart funds are being allocated each month to purchase direct from several local farmers in an effort to provide food to those in need and support buying local.
Last year, nearly 21,000 people across the Fredericksburg region received food provided through the food bank’s network of partner agencies and organizations. The need has increased this year. Oya Oliver, CEO of the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank says, “Hunger has reached into middle class households. Hundreds of families are now seeking food assistance that never needed to before due to unemployment or underemployment. The funding from the Wal-Mart Foundation State Giving Program will allow the Mobile Pantry Program to provide fresh, local produce to those in need while supporting buying local throughout the year.”
Hunger is every day. Non-perishable food items and volunteers are always needed. A wish list of most needed food items is available on the web site. For more information, go online to http://www.fredfood.org or call the food bank at 540-371-7666.