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.

2016 Comcast Cares Day

Each spring, Comcast celebrates their year-round commitment to service and helping improve the quality of life in the local communities where their customers, viewers and employees live and work.

On Comcast Cares Day 2015, a record 100,000 participants volunteered at more than 900 projects in 22 countries, collectively donating $13 million worth of service.

One of the projects that Comcast employees can sign up for is volunteering at the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank on April 26th.

Projects fill up quickly, so be sure to visit the registration site soon!

Registration Quick Steps:
Step One: Go to: http://www.comcastinthecommunity.com/Project/Detail?projectId=7025
Step Two: Click Volunteer and register by following the instructions.

April Is…

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Garden Month!

Garden Month encourages planting, growing and spending time creating a beautiful, healthy and productive garden.

Gardening and growing plants is a great way to encourage relaxation, cooperation and a sense of achievement for one’s self.

Here are some ways to celebrate Garden Month:

Plant A Row For The Hungry
The Food Bank is encouraging local gardeners like yourself to plant a row of crops for the hungry this year. Why not team up with a friend or a neighborhood group. Your gardening skills and fresh vegetables can make a difference!

The Plant A Row for the Hungry campaign was launched nationally in 1995 by the Garden Writers Association of America. Participation is easy! Local gardeners and farmers literally plan one extra row of fruits or veggies in their gardens and donate surplus produce from that extra row directly to the Food Bank.

Volunteer with our Community Garden
The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank community garden , along with 5 other gardens, provides fresh, healthy vegetables throughout the growing season, increasing the quantity and nutrition of food provided to families in need. The Community Garden program provides a local supply of healthy produce throughout the growing season. Learn More >> 

Visit National Garden Month for more ideas of how to celebrate!

Volunteers Needed!

logoHealth & Wellness Expo March 29th

The Fredericksburg Health and Wellness Expo is the most comprehensive health & wellness expo in the greater Fredericksburg area. Their extensive program includes Entertainment, Healthy Foods, Fitness, Products, Services, Seminars and Lifestyle Choices. This event will also hold a food drive as for the FAFB. Attendees will be bringing non-perishable items to donate. Learn More >>

Two types of volunteers are needed for this event:

Adult volunteers (18 years of age or older) are needed to assist the coordinators of the expo directly and work in the exhibitor and lecture areas of the expo. Tasks may include showing exhibitors their locations, assisting speakers on and off stage, etc. – Volunteers will receive an additional email from the expo coordinator with specific instructions before the event.

Volunteers (16 years of age or older) will greet, collect, and thank donors for their donations for the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. Volunteers will also help with setup and breakdown. There will be donation barrels and food bank truck at the location. Volunteers will meet with staff and receive instruction. FAFB staff will be present at all times to give instruction. Volunteers meet staff at front entrance.

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Orientation is not necessary, instruction will be given at the event.

Panera Bread Gives Back

Over 200 pounds of turkey and some jubilant volunteers made their way to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank on Wednesday thanks to the wonderful management team of our local area Panera Bread stores.  This is something the employees feel strongly about and according Panera District Manager, Sam Abed these managers “bought the turkeys themselves to make the donation.”  What a great way to raise awareness and understanding about hunger while helping to be part of the solution.  Happy Holidays Panera Bread employees and patrons, we thank you!

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The Numbers Are In

Food-Drive-2013-JPG-1700x2200This year our community donated 71,196 pounds of non-perishables to the NALC’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive!! That brings our areas total pounds contributed throughout the years to 380,216 pounds!!!!!

Our original count for the individual post offices was:

Colonial Beach Post Office – 3,216 pounds
Falmouth Post Office – 13,448 pounds
Fredericksburg Post Office – 24,766 pounds
King George Post Office – 6,751 pounds
Spotsylvania Post Office – 7550 pounds

Stafford Post Office – 13,051 pounds

After Saturday’s food drive we had another 2,414 pounds come in from our areas post offices.

We would like to thank everyone who donated to this year’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive and give a very special thank you to all of our Letter Carrier’s who make this food drive possible. We look forward to see how next year’s NALC’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive turns out.

Stamp Out Hunger

Food-Drive-2013-JPG-1700x2200On Saturday, May 11, Campbell Soup Company will join forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to provide assistance to the nearly 49 million Americans, including children and seniors, who face hunger every day, but we need your help!

Now in its 21st year, the Stamp Out Hunger effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2012, over 70 million pounds of food were donated nation wide!

Last year our community donated 91,106 pounds of non-perishables to the NALC’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. That’s over 36,000 more pounds than last year!

To participate:
1) Collect and bag non-perishable food items*
2) Place by your mailbox on May 11th for your letter carrier to pick up

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger effort in your community, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office, visit either http://www.helpstampouthunger.com or http://www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, or follow the drive at http://www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.

For a list of our most needed items click here.

* Donate items like canned meats, fish, soup, bottled juice, vegetables, pasta, cereal and rice that do not require refrigeration. Please do not include items that have expired or are in glass containers.

 

Legal Food Frenzy Volunteer Event Brings New Volunteers

The 7th Annual Legal Food Frenzy Volunteer Event was a success. Legal offices had the opportunity to come to the FAFB for a tour, some light refreshments and a little bit of dirty work to see first-hand, hot vital every donation is in the fight to end hunger.

Legal Food Frenzy Volunteer Event 041113 2013-04-11 003Pictured are North Stafford High School first-time volunteer Laura Grajales, and Ashley Mroczek & Anush Moordadian from the Law Office of Burchett & Mroczek. Thank you ladies for all of your efforts on behalf of the hungry in our community.

Sodexo’s WasteLESS Day

Sodexo’s WasteLESS Day, October 16, is also World Food Day. In the past, in honor of World Food Day, they have asked you to consider holding a special STOP Hunger activity to raise awareness about hunger and increase STOP Hunger engagement. This year, they hope you’ll do the same and tie your STOP Hunger activity with food waste to participate in their global WasteLESS Day.

For more information on Sodexo’s WasteLESS Day click here.

In honor of Sodexo’s WasteLESS Day Mary Washington Hospital & Stafford Hospital will be having a food drive to benefit the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank on October 16th.

For a copy of the Mary Washington Hospital Flyer click here.

For a list of our most need items click here.

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center

Amber, Erica and Brad from the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center came by the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank to take a tour yesterday to see how they can help those who are hungry.  Between food drives, volunteering and the distribution of information for those needing assistance, the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is striving to make our community the best place to live, work and receive care just when you need it most.