LDS Chancellor Ward Day to Serve

The Chancellor Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) was out in force on what can only be described as Month to Serve.  Working with the LDS youth group and the Boy Scouts, two area stores to include Giant Harrison Crossing and Central Park Walmart really helped to make the difference.   When all of the in person, cash and gift card donations were added to the online virtual food drive donations, this year’s Day to Serve was the largest ever for the Chancellor Ward – 8,076 pounds of food to provide over 6,700 meals. What a MONTH of Service Chancellor Ward…thank you!

McDonald’s is Kicking-Off Band Together to Fight Hunger

All six Stafford area McDonald’s will be collection sites for this year’s Band Together to Fight Hunger Celebration!

From October 18th through November 6th, when you bring in a non-perishable donation you can choose to receive either a cookie or a cone at area McDonald’s while supplies last.

For the 7th year, Band Together to Fight Hunger will bring together marching bands from across Stafford County. Join us on Monday, November 6th at 7 pm, with a rain date of November 13, as our own talented musicians from Brooke Point, Colonial Forge, Mountain View, North Stafford, and Stafford High Schools “BAND Together to Fight Hunger” through a showcase of instrumental talent.  For one night only, over 400 kids will perform on the Mountain View football field to show what is possible when the greater community works together to provide food assistance to those in need.  Last year this event provided 28,000 meals for our community!  This year our goal is 30,000 meals and with your help, we know we can do it.

Mountain View High School is located at 2135 Mountain View Road in Stafford. Gates will open at 5:30 pm with a wide offering of concessions provided. Non-perishable food item donations are suggested.  Monetary donations are also happily accepted.  Come have dinner, hear the sounds of Stafford’s finest, and participate in a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds benefit the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and provide food back to the hungry right here in our own community.

Our Feds Feed Lots of Families

Feds Feed Families USDASara Baucher (pictured) from the USDA was the first official Feds Feed Families donor to kick off this year’s donation process with 120 pounds of beautiful produce in June.  

Throughout the summer we received donations from AEGIS BMD Missile Defense Agency in Dahlgren in the amount of 1,642 pounds, Defense Security Service in Quantico in the amount of 1,228 pounds and the Department of Defense / OUSPI in the amount of 839 pounds.  We then had to add the 768 pounds received from the Strategic Acquisition Center in Fredericksburg, the 299 pounds from the USDA in Fredericksburg , the Stafford DMV contribution of 65 pounds and the Department of US Treasury/IRS in Fredericksburg providing 79 pounds.  We closed the summer out strong with donations of 83 pounds from the Social Security office in Fredericksburg and a generous contribution from the NBIB-OPM in Stafford providing 333 pounds.  When you add all the Feds collected you will see they provided 5,456 pounds of food which will provide 4,547 meals to feed families.

Pop… Pop… Hooray!

Sweet IzzysSweet Izzy’s Kettle Corn donated a portion of their August sales to the FRFB to help the hungry of our community.  Sweet Izzy’s yummy kettle corn sales at the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center and the Gordon Road Commuter Lot Farmer’s Markets generated $505.00 to help the hungry of our community.   Thank you Sweet Izzy’s for supporting locally sourced treats and helping provide 1,010 meals to hungry neighbors.

FRFB Receives $18,780 Grant from Altria Companies

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Receives $18,780 Grant from Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) to Support the Food For Life Program

Food Bank Receives Grant to Purchase Food for Hungry Seniors and the Disabled

Fredericksburg, VA (July 18, 2017) – The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank has been awarded a $18,780 grant from Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) to provide food and produce for the Food for Life (FFL) program.  According to the FRFB Agency and Programs Director, Mishelle Krogstad, “Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, tells us that  56% of food pantry clients over 65 need to visit a food pantry every month in order to provide for their basic needs.  Nationally, 30% of seniors who seek assistance from food pantries indicated they had to choose between food and medical care and 35% had to choose between food and paying their utilities. This grant will allow us to provide supplemental food assistance to the elderly and disabled of our community to help avoid these difficult choices.”

The food bank serves as the charitable food hub, distributing food to 73 non-profit and faith-based organizations throughout Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and Locust Grove. The Food for Life program alleviates hunger for low-income elderly and disabled individuals by providing monthly in-home deliveries of supplemental food. Oya Oliver, FRFB President and CEO stated, “due to skyrocketing expenses and increased personal costs, the challenge our FFL recipients face each day is the need to meet their dietary requirements, while struggling to live on a fixed income.  These monthly deliveries of supplemental food improve nutrition and reduce the stress that comes with food insecurity.  We are so thankful to ACECF for this opportunity to help provide additional food for this vulnerable population in our community.”  

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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 73 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 Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF)

ACECF is a workplace-giving program managed directly by its employees.ACECF is one of a small number of programs of this type in the U.S. The fund illustrates the power of employees combining their contributions for a greater impact than they could achieve by donating individually. ACECF was founded in 2000 because employees wanted to be more actively involved in helping their communities. Employees choose the fund’s focus areas, and serve on committees that manage the fundraising and grantmaking selection process. Altria Group makes an annual contribution to ACECF and pays its administrative costs. This ensures that every employee dollar raised goes directly to support non-profit organizations in its local communities.

FRFB Receives $15,000 Grant

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Receives $15,000 Grant from Richard & Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust to Support Pantry Distribution Program

Food Bank Receives Grant to Purchase Refrigerated Truck

Fredericksburg, VA (Aug 3, 2017) – The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Richard & Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, to assist with the purchase of a refurbished refrigerated box truck.  According to the FRFB Agency and Programs Director, Mishelle Krogstad, “This grant will enable the food bank to purchase a truck that will pick up larger donations to stock our shelves.  This will include a greater amount of perishables that otherwise go to waste, providing a larger, healthier selection for the hungry families we serve.  By transporting nutritious food items in the most efficient and safe way possible, this truck will help the food bank to meet the growing needs of the hungry in our community.”  

The food bank serves as a charitable food hub, stocking the pantries of 72 non-profit and faith-based organizations throughout Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and Locust Grove through our Pantry Distribution program.  Oya Oliver, FRFB President and CEO stated, “Our Pantry Distribution program assists families in getting what they need quickly, to help remove some of the stress that can result from not having enough food.  We are so thankful to the Gwathmey Memorial Trust for this opportunity to  purchase a newer vehicle, which will serve the food bank for years to come.”    

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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 4.2 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. The FRFB provides support for 72 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

Food Bank Receives Grant to Purchase Refrigerated Truck

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Receives $52,000 Grant from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program to Support Pantry Distribution Program

Fredericksburg, VA (Jun 15, 2017) – The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank has been awarded a $52,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program to purchase a refurbished refrigerated box truck.  According to the FRFB Agency and Programs Director, Mishelle Krogstad, “This grant will enable the food bank to purchase a truck that will pick up larger donations to stock our shelves.  This will include a greater amount of perishables that otherwise go to waste, providing a larger, healthier selection for the hungry families we serve.”

The food bank serves as a charitable food hub, stocking the pantries of 72 non-profit and faith-based organizations throughout Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and Locust Grove through our Pantry Distribution Program.  

Oya Oliver, FRFB President and CEO stated, “We are so thankful to Walmart for this opportunity to help us meet the growing needs of the hungry in our community, by distributing the most nutritious food items possible in the most efficient and safe way possible.  This program allows families to get what they need as quickly as possible to help remove some of the stress that can result from not having enough food.”  

“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are pleased to support the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and their efforts to help alleviate hunger in the community,” said Brooke Mueller, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs. “Through this grant, the Food Bank will be able to purchase a refrigerated food truck and reach more families in the community in need.”       

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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 72 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

The FRFB Receives Grant From Conagra Brands Foundation To Feed More Kids Facing Hunger This Summer

The grant provided in partnership with Feeding America® addresses increased risk of child hunger during summer months when fewer children have access to school feeding programs

Fredericksburg, VA (Jun 15, 2017) — One in ten children in our community faces hunger. When schools are closed for summer, children who rely on free or reduced-price school breakfast and lunch have less access to the nutritious meals needed to grow and thrive. This is why Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, and Conagra Brands Foundation have partnered to provide meals to kids through the Hunger-Free Summer program.  The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, a Feeding America member food bank, is one of 25 food banks that have received a Hunger-Free Summer grant, funded by the Conagra Brands Foundation. The Hunger-Free Summer grant will enable the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank to purchase equipment to expand the Kids on the Go summer feeding program.

“The summer months are not easy for many low-income families,” said Oya Oliver, President & CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, “When school ends, so does access to school meals that families and children rely on.  The Conagra Brands Foundation’s Hunger-Free Summer grant allows us to support more families in our community during the summer months by helping to ensure that children have access to healthy meals.”

Across the country, 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. When school is out during the summer, less than four million children receive meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program.   This dramatic decline during the summer is due to a lack of access to meal sites, insufficient program awareness and limited resources.

“Children should not have to worry about where they’ll find their next meal.  This is the case for millions of children across the country during the summer months. Conagra Brands Foundation is proud to partner with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks to address and reduce the significant issue of food insecurity across the country,” says Robert Rizzo, Conagra Brands Foundation.

For the eighth consecutive summer, more than 20 communities across the country will have support to strengthen their summer feeding programs from Conagra Brands Foundation which has been a dedicated supporter of Feeding America and the fight against child hunger for over 20 years.

To learn more about summer hunger or find a summer feeding site in your community, visit http://www.fredfood.org.

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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 the community of 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 72 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 Conagra Brands Foundation’s Hunger-Free Summer Grants
This summer, 25 Feeding America food banks in 15 states will receive Hunger-Free Summer grants, funded by the Conagra Brands Foundation and distributed by Feeding America, to start new or expand existing summer feeding programs. These grants totaling $700,000––ranging from $20,000 to $40,000 each––will allow the food banks to serve food in school libraries during the summer months, provide meals to kindergarteners at summer camp, deliver boxes of food to families in need and beyond.

About Conagra Brands Foundation
Conagra Brands Foundation believes everyone has a right to healthy and nutritious food. To make an impact and raise awareness of food insecurity, the Conagra Brands Foundation engages employees, partners with leading local and national nonprofits, and inspires others to create a world where people have access to the food they need to reach their full potential. The Conagra Brands Foundation develops national partnerships with leading nonprofit organizations to leverage experience and resources that ensure people have access to quality, wholesome food and knowledge to live healthy, active lives. Conagra Brands Foundation partners with Feeding America and its network of 200 food banks across the U.S. Together they increase access to innovative programs such as Hunger-Free Summer and improve capacity at local food banks. One key initiative is investment in the Child Hunger Corps, a capacity-building program that evaluates community needs and ultimately expands the impact of child hunger relief programs. For more information, please visit http://www.conagrabrands.com/our-company/corporate-social-responsibility/conagra-brands-foundation. The Conagra Brands Foundation is primarily funded by Conagra Brands.

About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Unites States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.

 

Chef Gaby Dalkin Partners with the Cranberry Marketing Committee to Help Fight Hunger

Are YOU up for the Challenge? Share Your Summer Cranberry Recipes in the Summer Cran Fan Challenge for a Chance to Raise $1,000 for Your Local Food Bank

WAREHAM, Mass., June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — To kick off summer, the Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) has teamed up with Chef Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking to launch the Summer Cran Fan Challenge, encouraging consumers to share a favorite summer cranberry recipe (either a picture, video or description) to help raise funds for their local food banks. The five food banks with the most mentions will each receive $1,000.

In the United States, 42.2 million people live in food-insecure households, including 6.4 million children.1 Food banks play an important role in helping to alleviate hunger in their communities as well as nationwide. As a chef who is an expert at whipping up delicious meals and passionate about helping the hungry, Chef Gaby combined forces with the Cranberry Marketing Committee to raise awareness for the #SummerCranFan Challenge and food insecurity.

“Giving back has always been a priority for the Cranberry Marketing Committee. We strongly believe in supporting our communities, and helping them grow in any way we can,” said Michelle Hogan, executive director of the CMC. “This is the perfect challenge not only to show the versatility of cranberries during the summer, but also to help food banks across the nation.”

Cranberries are the perfect fit for the summer-grilling season as they add a tangy twist to traditional recipes. Their unique flavor is the must-have addition to any summer menu – dried cranberries in potato or whole grain salad, cranberry sauce in your favorite barbecue sauce, cranberry juice in crafty cocktails and frozen cranberries in a refreshing smoothie – the possibilities are endless. Chef Gaby is participating in the #SummerCranFan Challenge to raise awareness for her local food bank and is encouraging consumers to do the same. Participants can help in the fight against hunger by posting a #SummerCranFan recipe on social media and mentioning a local food bank for a chance to score that organization $1,000!

Here’s how the challenge works:

  1. Share a favorite summer cranberry recipe on social media with the hashtag #SummerCranFan
  2. Tag or name a food bank in the post
  3. The top five mentioned food banks will each receive a $1,000 donation from the CMC.

For inspiration on how to enjoy (and post) cranberries all summer long to help your local food bank win $1,000, join the #SummerCranFan Twitter Party on June 27, 2017 at 8pm ET.

The challenge will run from June 12 to July 31, 2017.

For official rules, visit uscranberries.com.

About the Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC)
The CMC was established as a Federal Marketing Order in 1962 to ensure a stable, orderly supply of good quality product. Authority for its actions are provided under Chapter IX, Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, referred to as the Federal Cranberry Marketing Order, which is part of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended. This Act specifies cranberries as a commodity that may be covered, regulations that may be issued, and guidelines for administering the programs, and privileges and limitations granted by Congress. For more information about the CMC, visit uscranberries.com. Follow at twitter.com/uscranberries and facebook.com/uscranberries.

About Gaby Dalkin
Gaby Dalkin is a food and lifestyle writer, cookbook author and private chef based in Los Angeles. Her food blog, What’s Gaby Cooking, is a bright and lively destination that is as aspirational as it is accessible. With content that spans her pension for an easy cocktail, detailed party menus, and travel escapades, Gaby is a contributor to Better Homes and Gardens and has been featured in Wired Magazine, BuzzFeed, Food Network, Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, Design Sponge, and Vanity Fair. Every Friday afternoon PST, she produces and hosts a cooking show on her Snapchat channel. Most recently Gaby was recognized as a Top 10 Under 40 for 2015 by Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn.

We Received Rachel Ray’s Yum-o Grant

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Receives $10,000 Grant from Rachel Ray’s
Yum-o! Organization to Support Food-4-Families School Pantry Program

Fredericksburg, VA (Jun 5 2017) – The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Yum-o! to strengthen the Food-4-Families School Pantry Program, in order to promote the well-being of children and families who struggle with hunger. Launched in 2006 by Rachael Ray, Yum-o!® is a nonprofit organization that empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking by teaching families to cook, feeding hungry kids, and funding cooking education and scholarships.   According to the FRFB Agency and Programs Director, Mishelle Krogstad, “This grant will help the FRFB purchase nutritious food to be distributed through our 47 school pantries directly to the families who are in need.”

The food bank serves as the charitable food hub for 72 non-profit and faith-based organizations throughout Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and Locust Grove community.  Sourcing local produce is the heart of the food bank’s Produce Program, providing emergency food distribution through forty seven 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 Yum-o!’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 Yum-o!, 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 school aged children and their 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 the Locust Grove communiyy. The food bank secures and distributes more than 3.9 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. The FRFB provides support for 72 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