Fredericksburg, VA – May 26, 2016: Over 3,500 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 Regional Food Bank (FRFB), 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 Walmart Foundation State Giving Program is providing $25,000 to allow the FRFB to purchase fresh produce throughout the year to increase the variety and nutritional content of food going out to those in need. According to Mishelle Krogstad, FRFB Agency & Programs Director, “All funding sources are down and we were not sure we would be able to provide fresh food for the Mobile Pantry program this year. Thank goodness Walmart is allowing us to use this grant funding to help support local farmers while supporting the program.” According to Krogstad, the Walmart funds are being allocated each month to purchase direct from local farmers in an effort to provide fresh food to those in need through the Mobile Pantry program.
“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation understand the importance of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and providing food to those in need,” said Brooke Mueller, Director Government Relations and Public Affairs, Walmart. “We are very pleased to support the Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Program and help bring fresh, local food to families and seniors in the community.”
Last year, over 31,000 people across the Fredericksburg region received food provided through the food bank’s network of partner agencies and programs. The need has increased this year. Oya Oliver, CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank says, “Hunger has reached into middle class households. Hundreds of families are now seeking food assistance that never needed to before and the food bank is there to help. This funding from Walmart will allow the Mobile Pantry Program to provide fresh, local produce to those struggling with hunger and support buying local throughout the year.”
The public is invited to attend the check presentation on Thursday, May 26, at 10:00 am at the Central Park Walmart 1800 Carl D. Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA.
Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank – serving Planning District 16 to include the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline and 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; and supports over 70 local charitable agencies, operating more than 160 programs including emergency shelters, food pantries, Kids on the Go summer feeding, Club Kids after school snack programs, Food for Life senior feeding programs, Mobile Pantry and Grow for Your Neighbor. For more information on the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, please visit http://www.fredfood.org