Walt Disney Company to Strengthen Produce Program


Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Receives $15,000 Grant from The Walt Disney Company to Strengthen Produce Program

Food Bank Receives Grant to Purchase Cooler to Store Fresh Produce

Fredericksburg, VA (Jan 18, 2017) – The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank has been awarded a $15,000 grant from The Walt Disney Company to strengthen the Produce Program, in order to promote the well-being of children and families who struggle with hunger.  The food bank will be using this money to purchase a drive-in cooler exclusively for the storage of fresh produce.  According to the FRFB Agency and Programs Director, Mishelle Krogstad, “This grant will help the FRFB increase our ability to store produce and keep it fresh, therefore distributing more nutritious food to hungry families and children and the community.”

The food bank serves as the charitable food distribution center for 69 non-profit and faith-based organizations throughout Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and Locust Grove.  Sourcing local produce is the heart of the food bank’s Produce Program, providing emergency food distribution through forty one on-site school pantries to allow families to obtain healthy food and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) information in a safe and friendly environment.  Oya Oliver, FRFB President and CEO stated, “We are very grateful for Disney’s commitment to the children and families living in our community.  As our communities grow, the need increases, and with the help of organizations like Disney, the FRFB is able to assist in the alleviation of hunger.  We are especially grateful for the financial support that will allow us to provide healthy foods to those living in remote areas; in particular school aged children, the elderly, the disabled, and families who must face hunger on a daily basis.”

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About 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 3.9 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. The FRFB provides support for 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