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

Food Bank Receives Grant to Purchase Refrigerated Truck

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Receives $52,000 Grant from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program to Support Pantry Distribution Program

Fredericksburg, VA (Jun 15, 2017) – The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank has been awarded a $52,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program to purchase 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.”

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, “We are so thankful to Walmart for this opportunity to help us meet the growing needs of the hungry in our community, by distributing the most nutritious food items possible in the most efficient and safe way possible.  This program allows families to get what they need as quickly as possible to help remove some of the stress that can result from not having enough food.”  

“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are pleased to support the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and their efforts to help alleviate hunger in the community,” said Brooke Mueller, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs. “Through this grant, the Food Bank will be able to purchase a refrigerated food truck and reach more families in the community in need.”       

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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 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

The FRFB Receives Grant From Conagra Brands Foundation To Feed More Kids Facing Hunger This Summer

The grant provided in partnership with Feeding America® addresses increased risk of child hunger during summer months when fewer children have access to school feeding programs

Fredericksburg, VA (Jun 15, 2017) — One in ten children in our community faces hunger. When schools are closed for summer, children who rely on free or reduced-price school breakfast and lunch have less access to the nutritious meals needed to grow and thrive. This is why Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, and Conagra Brands Foundation have partnered to provide meals to kids through the Hunger-Free Summer program.  The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, a Feeding America member food bank, is one of 25 food banks that have received a Hunger-Free Summer grant, funded by the Conagra Brands Foundation. The Hunger-Free Summer grant will enable the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank to purchase equipment to expand the Kids on the Go summer feeding program.

“The summer months are not easy for many low-income families,” said Oya Oliver, President & CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, “When school ends, so does access to school meals that families and children rely on.  The Conagra Brands Foundation’s Hunger-Free Summer grant allows us to support more families in our community during the summer months by helping to ensure that children have access to healthy meals.”

Across the country, 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. When school is out during the summer, less than four million children receive meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program.   This dramatic decline during the summer is due to a lack of access to meal sites, insufficient program awareness and limited resources.

“Children should not have to worry about where they’ll find their next meal.  This is the case for millions of children across the country during the summer months. Conagra Brands Foundation is proud to partner with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks to address and reduce the significant issue of food insecurity across the country,” says Robert Rizzo, Conagra Brands Foundation.

For the eighth consecutive summer, more than 20 communities across the country will have support to strengthen their summer feeding programs from Conagra Brands Foundation which has been a dedicated supporter of Feeding America and the fight against child hunger for over 20 years.

To learn more about summer hunger or find a summer feeding site in your community, visit http://www.fredfood.org.

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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 the community of Locust Grove. 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

About Conagra Brands Foundation’s Hunger-Free Summer Grants
This summer, 25 Feeding America food banks in 15 states will receive Hunger-Free Summer grants, funded by the Conagra Brands Foundation and distributed by Feeding America, to start new or expand existing summer feeding programs. These grants totaling $700,000––ranging from $20,000 to $40,000 each––will allow the food banks to serve food in school libraries during the summer months, provide meals to kindergarteners at summer camp, deliver boxes of food to families in need and beyond.

About Conagra Brands Foundation
Conagra Brands Foundation believes everyone has a right to healthy and nutritious food. To make an impact and raise awareness of food insecurity, the Conagra Brands Foundation engages employees, partners with leading local and national nonprofits, and inspires others to create a world where people have access to the food they need to reach their full potential. The Conagra Brands Foundation develops national partnerships with leading nonprofit organizations to leverage experience and resources that ensure people have access to quality, wholesome food and knowledge to live healthy, active lives. Conagra Brands Foundation partners with Feeding America and its network of 200 food banks across the U.S. Together they increase access to innovative programs such as Hunger-Free Summer and improve capacity at local food banks. One key initiative is investment in the Child Hunger Corps, a capacity-building program that evaluates community needs and ultimately expands the impact of child hunger relief programs. For more information, please visit http://www.conagrabrands.com/our-company/corporate-social-responsibility/conagra-brands-foundation. The Conagra Brands Foundation is primarily funded by Conagra Brands.

About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Unites States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.

 

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.”

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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 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

Giant Food’s Our Family Foundation

Giant Food’s Our Family Foundation Awards Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank $112,500 Grant to Grow Child Feeding Programs

FREDERICKSBURG, VA  (February 17, 2017) – Giant Food’s Our Family Foundation recently awarded the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank (FRFB) with a $112,500 grant to grow child feeding programs designed at ending child hunger in our community.  With an eye to sustainability, the FRFB will use this grant funding to expand the Kids on the Go Summer Feeding (KOG), the Club Kids II Pilot Afterschool Fresh Snack Program and the Food-4-Families (F4F) School Pantry Programs.

Giant’s grant funding will provide much needed food resources to expand the Kids on the Go Summer Feeding Program.  For two years the FRFB has been providing freshly prepared meals to the children of Caroline County through congregate feeding sites.  According to FRFB Children’s Program Coordinator, LaToya Brown “Though we count our efforts as successful, we recognize that a large portion of the county’s neediest children do not have the means to access our summer meals due to transportation barriers. Using these funds to add a mobile feeding component to our congregate meal program will enable us to provide meals to the most food insecure children through a targeted delivery route incorporating stops at sites approved as area-eligible open feeding sites through the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).”

This grant funding from Giant will allow the FRFB to expand the summer feeding program and provide four mobile meal sites and two congregate meals sites in Caroline County for three days each week Tues-Thurs, for 10 weeks.  The remaining counties will be served through five congregate meal service sites at area schools, low income housing communities and the local library.

The Club Kids II Pilot Program will target low-income areas in Planning District 16 to include sites in the City of Fredericksburg and Stafford County.  We chose to target sites located in these service areas due to their high child food insecurity rates and limited afterschool snack/meal availability. We began the Club Kids II Pilot with an early roll-out of sites and will include additional sites as the year progresses. Partnering with agencies that provide afterschool care will enable the Club Kids II Pilot Program to reach needy children with an additional fresh food source to fill in the hunger gap between being released from class and arriving at home.

Giant’s previous grant funding helped launch our Food-4-Families School Pantry Program and we are continuing to grow the program this year.  The Food-4-Families School Pantry Program is a collaborative effort between the FRFB, participating schools and community sponsors and is designed to provide on-site school pantries so families experiencing food insecurity or crisis have immediate access to a 2-3 day supply of healthy meal items from a trusted community partner.  This will allow the family time to access a local pantry and obtain Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) information to sustain should long-term assistance be required.

In working together to effectively implement this grant funding, garnering support from the community, volunteers, and advocates, and collaborating with area schools we can end childhood hunger in our community.

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About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 167 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 167 stores are 158 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 81 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2015, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13.9 million, and the local grocer helped partners provide 88 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit http://www.giantfood.com.

 

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 3.9 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. The FRFB provides support for 69 local partner 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

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)

 

Stuff-A-Truck

IMG_3810On Sunday August 7th, our President & CEO, Oya Oliver was busy at the Harrison Crossing Giant store collecting 1,871 pounds of food and school supplies for the Food-4-Families School Food Pantry program.

Alisa Hundley, Store Manager for Giant #235, was on hand to organize, motivate and participate in this wonderful day of giving.

Alisa wants everyone to know that she thanks them so much for coming out and helping Giant with the food donations and she assures everyone that her store at Harrison Crossing “Will continue to encourage additional donations” to help families in need.

Thank You Norfleet

A huge thank you goes out to all the folks at Norfleet for donating such beautiful soil for the Grow for your Neighbor garden on the front lawn of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.  This fantastic donation will help to feed many families through the summer and fall months… we thank you Norfleet.  20160623_145040

The Hogs Feed Kids

Hogs BannerCome to historic downtown Fredericksburg on Saturday, May 21st and meet 3 Time Super Bowl Champions and Washington Redskins Ring of Fame Members Joe Jacoby and Jeff Bostic at R&R Antiques on 1001 Caroline St from 1:00pm – 2:00pm

They will be signing autographs for only  $25 each with 100% of the funds raised going directly to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank’s Food-4-Families School Food Pantry Program.

Download a Flyer Here

The mission of the Food-4-Families School Food Pantry program is to help alleviate child hunger for families in crisis. School-based pantries are located on the grounds of a school to provide a more readily accessible source of emergency food assistance to students and their families. As a need is identified by school staff, the pre-packed boxes containing a few days of emergency food, along with resource materials such as a pantry reference list and SNAP information, are distributed to the families in need.

Interested in sponsoring a Food-4-Families School Food Pantry?

Leader In Sports Football Auction

This year’s Leader In Sports Football Auction will begin on November 30th on B101.5 during the afternoon drive time from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

As in the past years, 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Food-4-Families School Food Pantry program.

This year’s auction items are:

  • Football signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers Star QB Ben Roethlisberger
  • Football signed by Hall of Famer Class of 2015, former Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome Bettis
  • Custom Jersey autographed by Washington Redskin Star running back Alfred Morris
  • Dallas Cowboys Seat Bottom signed by: Ed “Too Tall” Jones Cowboys Icon & Super Bowl Champion, Hall of Famer Mel Renfro, Starting QB for Super Bowl V Craig Morton, Ring of Honor Lee Roy Jordan, Fan Favorite & 3 Time Super Bowl Champion Bill Bates, Former Starting QB Danny White, All Time Interception Leader for the Cowboys Everson Walls, Ring of Honor Cliff Harris, Super Bowl Champion Dan Reeves, Very FIRST Starting QB for the Dallas Cowboys Eddie LeBaron (RIP), Ring of Honor Drew Pearson, Super Bowl Champion Herb Scott, Super Bowl Champion Cornell Green, Super Bowl Champion Bill Joe Dupree, Super Bowl Champion Dave Edwards and Super Bowl Champion John Niland
  • Redskins Legend Football signed by: Bill Kilmer, Alfred Morris, Clinton Portis, Santana Moss, Russ Grimm, Joe Theisman, Charley Taylor, Dexter Manley, Joe Jacoby, Chris Hanburger, Jeff Bostic, Richie Petibon, Rick Doc Walker, Jay Schroeder, Ricky Sanders, Charles Mann, Roy Jefferson, Jim Lacey, Pat Fischer, Brig Owens, George Rogers, Paul Laaveg, Bill Brundige, Fred Dean, Joe Washington, Ted Marchibroda, Boyd Dowler, Jimmie Jones, Ron McDole, Neal Olkewicz, Keith Griffin, Mike Nelms, Dave Robinson and Ed Simmons