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 $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

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.

Legal Food Frenzy Winners

LegalFoodFrenzy_2017_color-01 (002)The FRFB would like to thank all the participants in this year’s Legal Food Frenzy for all their efforts on behalf of the hungry.   Together, enough food and funds from this event were collected to provide over 18,268 meals to the hungry of our community.  All participants were given points for the amount of food collected, funds collected, if they delivered the food/funds to the FRFB, early registration, and for volunteering.  When all the points were totaled the local top two winners from Planning District 16 are:    

1st Place – Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen (Fredericksburg & Stafford Office) with a grand total of 8,328 points; 

2nd Place – Hirschler Fleischer (Fredericksburg Office) with a grand total of 6,875 points;

3rd Place – Fredericksburg Public Defenders Office  with a grand total of 5,408 points;

4th Place – Fredericksburg Area Bar Association with a grand total of 5,000 points;

5th Place – Parrish, Snead, Franklin and Simpson with a grand total of 1,934 points; and

6th Place – Spotsylvania County Attorney Office with a grand total of 157 pounds.

Together these offices gathered enough food and funds to provide over 18,268 meals to help create a hunger-free community.  We thank each one of these offices for helping to double the number of meals provided this year over last year.  We want you to know how much this is needed and appreciated by those that are struggling and we thank you.

Stamp Out Hunger

SOH25thlogo-cmyk-1.jpgThe National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is celebrating 25 years of providing food and hope for our community.  There are over 34,000 of our neighbors struggling with hunger every day.  So each year our letter carriers volunteer their time and effort to provide an easy way for everyone to help care for our community.
The 25th Annual Letter Carriers food drive is Saturday, May 13, 2017.  Watch your mailbox for the familiar postcard (provided by our friends and the Marine Corps Historic Half) and bright blue bag.  Fill your bag with non-perishable food and place by your mailbox on May 13th.  Your letter carrier will do the rest.
NEW this year, to make it even easier for our letter carriers to reach their goal of 75,000 meals for the community, we are hosting the Virtual Food Drive.
Use this link to log on and scan items from our most wanted list to provide to the FRFB.  It’s fun and easy!
Just think, you can shop from the comfort of your home and receive your tax receipt for your records…proof that you helped our carriers make this year the largest one day total of food collected.
Whether you donate with non-perishable items, or scan your donation through the NEW Online Virtual Food Drive, all food and funds stay right here to help our friends and neighbors because together, we can create a hunger free community.

Fight Hunger. Spark Change.

This spring, Walmart is joining forces with its customers and suppliers including Campbell Soup Company, General Mills, Kellogg Company, The Kraft Heinz Company, Pepsico and Discover to raise 100 million meals* for Feeding America® and its nationwide network of member food banks. There are four main ways for the public to participate in the campaign: 

1) Product Purchase: Each participating item purchased at Walmart or through Walmart.com will unlock a donation equivalent to one meal* secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks from each supplier. 1 item = 1 meal ($0.09) up to each supplier’s maximum donation. 100% of funds will benefit local member food banks.

2) Register Giving: customers can donate to their local Feeding America member food bank at the registers of Walmart stores. Donations of $1, $2, $5 or another amount will be accepted. There is no limit to what can be raised at the register! 100% of funds will be directed to local member food banks.

3) Digital Challenge: Sharing #FightHunger on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and using the campaign Snapchat filter will generate a donation of 10 meals* from Walmart. Walmart has made an initial donation of $1.5 million, which will be split nationally and locally. An additional $1.5M is being made available for the campaign period. The following actions generate a donation and will count towards drawing down the additional gift. 100% of incremental funds will benefit network members and funds will be divided evenly:

  • Liking, sharing or clicking on Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign content on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

  • Creating or sharing content on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #FightHunger

  • Using the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. filter on Snapchat, available on April 21st   

 4) Discover Card: For each transaction using Discover at Walmart and on Walmart.com, an additional meal* will be donated by Discover. Funds will be shared between the national office and network food banks.

Additionally, online donations will be accepted at Walmart.com/fighthunger.

Thank You Giant Food

This week Giant Food stopped by the FRFB to personally deliver 200 beautiful hams to help feed hungry families.
These hams are a welcome donation and will provide over 800 meals this spring.
Receiving this year’s donation of honey glazed hams from Giant Food is FRFB president and CEO Oya Oliver.
 
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Pictured with Ms. Oliver are Clay Rolfe Giant Food District Director 103, Matthew Logan, Perishable Manager Store #235, Joseph Caporaletti Meat Seafood Specialist, Alberto Tiradoy, Produce Specialist, Barbara Bechtel, Store manager #770, Matthew Cohn, Store Manager
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