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.”


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

Grow For Your Neighbor

Grow for Your Neighbor Spots Farmer's Market 2014-07-19 003The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank was out early Saturday morning at the Spotsylvania Farmer’s Market collecting donations of fresh produce through the Grow for Your Neighbor Program.  Grow for Your Neighbor is the brain child of Mary Van Slyke and is helping to get fresh produce from local family gardens, community gardens, school gardens, and farmers out to the 30,320 individuals in our community struggling with hunger.

If you have any additional produce that may need a good home, stop by the Spotsylvania Farmers Market located at the intersection of Gordon Road and Route 3 from 8:00 – 1:00 pm on Saturdays.  You can also bring additional produce directly to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank 3631 Lee Hill Drive Fredericksburg every Mon – Thursday from 8:00 – 4:45 pm and Wednesday until 5:45 pm and we promise it will not go to waste!

Today Is…


Raisin Day!

People have been dehydrating grapes to make raisins for thousands of years. The practice dates back to 2000 B.C. and originated in Persia and Egypt. Raisins were also highly prized by the Ancient Romans, who used this delicious snack food to barter. They also awarded raisins as prizes at sporting events!

Raisins are low in fat and contain important nutrients like iron, copper, calcium, and antioxidants. Raisins first became commercially popular in 1873 when a heat wave destroyed acres and acres of California grape vines. One grower decided to sell the dried grapes and marketed them as a “Peruvian delicacy.” Today, California produces half of the world’s raisin supply!

To celebrate National Raisin Day why not donate boxes of raisins to your local food bank or local food pantry.

Today Is…

Lima Bean Respect Day!

Lima BeansDid you know that lima beans are incredibly good for you? They are filled with nutritious fiber, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese. Lima beans are also low in fat and contain protease inhibitors that stall the development of cancerous cells.

Humans have been cultivating lima beans since 6000 BC. Today, people use them in recipes for soups, spreads, casseroles, and salads. In Japan, green baby lima beans are an important ingredient in bean paste, which is a popular dessert. Succotash, a dish usually found in the southern region of the United States, combines lima beans, corn, and chili peppers.

Today Is…

National Garlic Day!

GarlicDid you know garlic is a herb, which can also be deemed a vegetable, that is rich in protein, vitamins A, B1 & C and contains essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron as well as containing 17 different amino acids.

Garlic is recognized for its wide-reaching medical properties in the treatment and prevention of disease. Known as nature’s wonder drug, garlic has been credited with extending human longevity, preventing certain cancers, lowering cholesterol levels, reversing high blood pressure, resisting the common cold and overcoming fatigue.


Garlic has a lengthy history dating back 6,000 years. Garlic was a commonly used seasoning in cuisines from Africa, Asia and Europe. Garlic is native to central Asia and China is currently the world’s biggest producer.

Superstitions have regarded garlic as a force of both good and evil. We’re all familiar with the belief that garlic repels vampires but did you know that garlic is also thought to protect against the evil eye and to ward off jealous nymphs? Ancient Egyptians are said to have fed those that worked on the Great Pyramid of Giza garlic to boost their stamina while in the Middle Ages, Europeans ate whole cloves of garlic to fight off the plague known as Black Death.

Fun Facts

  • Garlic has been dubbed the ‘stinking rose’ due to its overpowering taste and smell.
  • Garlic breath can be neutralized by sipping milk or eating parsley.
  • The fear of garlic is called Alliumphobia.
  • Chicago was named after the American Indian world for wild garlic, chicagaoua.

The Great American Milk Drive

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That gallon of milk you consider a staple in your refrigerator is missing in our food bank. In fact, milk is one of the items most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated.

This means the 12.5 million families that Feeding America supports – including those right here in our community – do not have access to adequate nourishment to help them reach their full potential.

In fact, the 37 million Americans served annually in the Feeding America network receive the equivalent of less than ONE gallon of milk per person per year.

That has now changed with the launch of The Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most.

YOU CAN HELP! With a simple click of a mouse (http://www.MilkLife.com/give) or text message (text “Milk” to 27722), you can help get much-needed milk and donate it for as little as $5.00 to a family who does not have regular access to milk. Donations are designated to local food banks by the donor’s billing zip code.

Together, we can help nourish those in need in our community.

Today Is…

Day of the Mushroom

MushroomsDid you know according to hieroglyphics, the ancient Egyptians believed mushrooms to be a plant of immortality. The delicious flavor of mushrooms intrigued the pharaohs of Egypt so much that they decreed mushrooms were food for royalty and that no commoner could ever touch them.

The art of cultivating mushrooms originated in 17th century France. The fame of their flavor grew and the new art spread to England. From there it was brought to America by English gardeners.

Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium. One of the nutrients found in mushrooms that is receiving increased attention is vitamin D. The Mushroom Council gives more information about the vitamin D content of various mushrooms. Learn More >>

Today Is…

National Pecan Day!


Pecans are a great food for your health and your mind because pecans are packed with vitamins and minerals (nutrients that will fill you up and keep you going) and antioxidants (antioxidants may help prevent damage in the body that could lead to cancer, heart disease or Alzheimer’s).


The pecan can be traced back to the 16th century and its pre-colonial residents. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are said to have planted pecan trees. New Orleans, at the mouth of the Mississippi River, became the hub for redistributing pecans to other parts of the United States and to the rest of the world. To learn more about the history of the pecan nut visit I Love Pecans.

Today Is…

Fresh Tomato Day!

You can celebrate this Food Holiday by donating Tomato based items like (Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, Tomato Paste, etc) to the Food Bank or a local food pantry.

Fresh Tomato DayDid you know the best place to store tomatoes is at room temperature (above 55 degrees F) until they’ve fully ripened. A ripe tomato is red or reddish-orange, depending on variety and yields to slight pressure.

Store them stem end up as the “shoulders” are the softest part and bruise most easily. Keep them out of director sunlight. If you must store them a longer time, place them (after they’ve ripened fully) in the refrigerator.

Tomato Health & Nutrition Values

Tomatoes contain the antioxidants Vitamin C and Carotenoids (including beta carotene), which are believed to provide protection from free radicals that cause premature aging, cancer, heart disease and cataracts.

Tomatoes are low in calories, about 35 for a medium tomato, but proportionately high in sugar—a corresponding 8 grams. Its juice is naturally low in sodium (one cup has 1% of your daily value) and zero fat. It is also a good source of copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, pantothenic acid, thiamine and vitamin K; and a very good source of folate, potassium, and vitamins A, B6 and C.

History of the Tomato

The tomato is a native of Mesoamerica: it was cultivated by the Aztecs and Incas. In 1519, Cortez found it growing in Montezuma’s gardens, and it became part of the culinary bounty brought back to Spain (along with chocolate and turkeys) by the 16th-century conquistadors. Most of Europe embraced them, except the British, who believed them to be poisonous (a member of the deadly nightshade family, the leaves are poisonous if consumed in large quantity).

After five centuries of breeding, there are thousands of varieties of tomatoes in a vast array of shapes, colors and sizes. The most common shapes in the U.S. are round (beefsteak and globe), pear-shaped (roma and plum) and the miniature (cherry and grape).