Altria 2015 Press Release


Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) Awards Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Funds to Help Seniors

Fredericksburg, VA – September 3, 2015: The Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) has awarded $2.5 million in grants this year to 91 organizations in Virginia and on Tuesday, they awarded $17,228 to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank for the Food for Life senior feeding program.

CEO, Oya Oliver stated “We are especially thankful to the ACECF for continuing to fund the Food for Life program because we know they had a record number of applications this year and they chose to support our seniors.”

The key element of this program funding is to provide food and hygiene items for over 2,000 Food for Life recipients. According to grant writer Dayna Klein “We have the staff and great volunteers to implement the program and we receive a variety of personal hygiene items from local merchants to supplement the food, grocery and produce included in each Food for Life box, but it is not always enough to provide for all participants. This funding will really help in providing for all of our FFL folks.”

If you know of a senior that would benefit from the Food for Life program or if you know of a senior in need of SNAP food assistance please contact the FRFB Agency & Programs Director Mishelle Krogstad at mkrogstad@fredfood.org.

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About the 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 3.8 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. The FRFB provides support for over 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

About the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund

ACECF, an employee-run, non-profit organization awarded more than $3.2 million to 147 grantees across five communities in 2015. They are unique because employees manage all aspects of the fund – fundraising, grantmaking, and communicating and marketing. ACECF creates a sense of pride among employees as they combine their donations to make a larger, united impact in their communities. Throughout its history ACECF* has awarded 1,741 grants totaling $46.3 million to non-profit organizations across communities in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois and Pennsylvania, where many Altria employees live and work.

Altria Employees
Altria ACECF grant presentation Sept 2, 2015 Richmond Virginia