Attention Music Lovers! Marching Band Students across Stafford County are once again Banding Together to Fight Hunger in our community. On Monday, November 6th at 7 pm, with an rain date of November 13, our own talented musicians from Brooke Point, Colonial Forge, Mountain View, North Stafford, and Stafford High Schools will “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!
You all are cordially invited to attend this exciting 7th annual event on Monday night, November 6th. 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.
If you’re interested in being a business partner with this event or would like more information please contact: BandTogetherStafford@gmail.com. All business partners donating $500 or more will join us on field for a Big Check Presentation prior to the Grand Finale.
Our local Fredericksburg Chapter AARP 3396 is working hard to end hunger. Again this year they partnered with our friends at Giant Food, RAAA Partners in Aging and Mental Health America to collect over 3,200 pounds and over $490 to help the hungry of our community. This is always such a great success and we would like to thank all those that participated but especially Marietta D’Ostilio for her tireless efforts putting everything together, for organizing the volunteers, and keeping an eye on all the details that make this annual food drive such a success. Thank you!
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!
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.
Sara 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints had another wonderful Day to Serve event this year. A total of 5 Wards collected food for the FRFB for distribution to the hungry during this years Day to Serve. Beginning in September, the Chancellor, Spotsylvania, Massaponax, Rappahannock, and White Oak Wards began hosting food drives and collecting canned food items to help meet the needs of those struggling with food insecurity.
On behalf of all those you helped through service the FRFB would like to thank:
- LDS Massaponax Ward – Bishop Meppan, 366 pounds provides 305 meals
- LDS Spotsylvania Ward – Bishop Andrews, 1,076 pounds provides 897 meals
- LDS Rappahannock Ward – Bishop Jenkins & Edmonds, 856 pounds provides 713 meals
- LDS White Oak Ward – Bishop Bylund, 1,042 pounds provides 868 meals
- LDS Chancellor Ward – Nancy Cole & Kids, 6,196 pounds provides 5,163 meals
This year’s Day to Serve total equals 7,946 meals that will be provided to those in need in our community.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this Day to Serve for being willing to serve and serving so graciously.