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.

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.

CANstruction 2017

This years CANstruction “Driving Out Hunger” was a smashing hit! A total of 21,625 pounds of food and $757 were collected equaling 19,235 meals that we can provide to those in need within our community. Thank you to everyone who made this years event possible. Without all of your hard work and support non of […]

Leader In Sports Football Auction

B101.5 has teamed up with Leader In Sports to raise money for the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank’s Food-4-Families program this holiday season.

Leader In Sports has provided B101.5 with five (5) autographed items ranging from football’s and jerseys to a Texas stadium seat back, all signed by some of the NFL’s Hall of Famer’s. 100% of all the proceeds will go to the FRFB’s Food-4-Families program.

Each week day morning between 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., starting Monday, December 5th, Dee will open up the phones for you to bid on that day’s item. When the auction begins, call 1-800-685-1015 or 540-899-1015 to place your bid. The highest bid at the end of the auction wins.

Auction Items

  • December 5th – Dallas Cowboy, Tony Dorsett, autographed football
  • December 6th – Autographed Redskins Jersey (Joe Theismann)
  • December 7th – Autographed Steelers Jersey (Jack Lambert)
  • December 8th – Dallas Cowboys Seat Back (18 signatures)
  • December 9th – Autographed Redskins Legends Football (40 signatures)

 

Latter-Day Saints Day to Serve 2016

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.

Columbia Gas of Virginia

cgvlogoFor every “Like” or “Follow” on the Columbia Gas Facebook and Twitter social media pages, Columbia Gas will donate $5.00.

Columbia Gas of VA will donate a maximum donation of $2,500 to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and six other local food banks throughout the company’s service territory with a combined total donation of $17,500.

Facebook likes and Twitter followers will be tabulated starting 12:00 AM Monday, October 17th and ending 12:00 PM Friday, November 18th.

All social media users are qualified participants, not limited to Columbia Gas customers.

Columbia Gas of Virginia is helping people struggling with hunger and poverty. This gift enables the food banks to provide much needed food and assistance to local community members.

Columbia Gas of Virginia:

Happy Birthday!

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Ms. Constance Germain had her 90th birthday party last week and she wanted to do something special!

Ms. Constance told us that “at 90 you don’t need anything so I wanted to give to the Fredericksburg Food Bank.”

Through the joy of the day and the wonderful well wishes of her friends and family, Constance collected 220 pounds of food and $360 dollars for the food bank.  It was such a happy phone call to let Constance know that through her generosity, 903 meals or just over 10 times her age in food will be provided to those struggling with hunger.

Constance is “going to tell everyone” and so are we…

Happy, Happy Birthday Ms. Constance and thank you for making your special day special for so many in our community.

Maximize Your Gift! Every Dollar Goes Further on May 3rd!

On May 3rd, 2016, from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm, the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank is participating in The Community Give. Every donation will be maximized when you donate to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank through The Community Give.

The Community Foundation is sponsoring The Community Give and the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank can benefit from bonus prizes available for participating organizations. Please support us on May 3rd!

Your donation will go a long way in helping our Let’s Do Lunch campaign – Each day, every dollar donated to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank provides 2 meals back to those struggling with hunger. Just think of it, for your $25 Community Give donation you can provide 50 meals for hungry people today and every day. Want to do more? Your donation of $100 will provide 200 meals to neighbors and friends you may never know are in need. There are over 31,000 people in our community struggling with hunger every day and right now you have the power to help them. The FRFB knows that together we can end hunger. This year we would like to challenge everyone to help us raise $15,000 so everyone can truly say, “lunch is on us” because that’s how you create a hunger free community… you, your food bank, and the Community Give.

Plus, gifts on May 3rd make us eligible to win cash prizes – which would increase each and every donation!

24 hours of community giving. One incredible chance to shape our future.

On May 3rd, our community will come together for The Community Give and we need YOU to join us. It’s 24 hours of nonprofit giving—and it’s your chance make a real difference, right here in our community. If you love your adopted dog or our gorgeous river or our summertime concerts in the park, then you love our local nonprofits. And by showing your love through The Community Give, you help sustain hardworking local nonprofit organizations and support The Community Foundation’s mission to preserve and grow the vitality of our community. Join us in supporting our community. Make a gift on May 3rd at http://www.thecommunitygive.org!