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.

 

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

Community Spirit Night

Chick-fil-A-logo-lgWhen: Thursday, February 27th
Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Chick-fil-A would like to help extend the reach of the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank’s children feeding programs through a Community Spirit Night at 6 area locations on Thursday, February 27th. A portion of the proceeds from sales that evening will go directly to the Children’s Programs of the FAFB.

The idea is simple. Eat dinner at a participating Chick-fil-A and help feed our most at risk children. Please help us spread the word about this event by reaching out to others to attend the Spirit Night.

The six area Chick-fil-A’s participating in this Spirit Night event are:

Southpoint Chick-Fil-A
9900 Southpoint Pkwy

Central Park Chick-Fil-A
1698 Carl D Silver Pkwy

Route 3 Chick-fil-A
4200 Plank Rd

Celebrate Virginia Chick-fil-A
1094 International Pkwy

Garrisonville Chick-fil-A
25 Dunn Dr

Spotsylvania Towne Centre Chick-fil-A
Located inside the food court of the Spotsylvania Towne Centre

To download a flyer for this event click here.

To view a Letter to School Administrators, encouraging them to promote attending the Spirit Night, click here.

To learn more about the FAFB’s programs directed at child hunger, click here.

Kids On The Go

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This morning was the launch of the Kids on the Go Mobile Pantry Program at the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank (FAFB).

The Kids on the Go program is being sponsored through a grant received from the Giant Foods – Our Family Foundation and their first-ever Child Hunger Grants.

According to Mishelle Krogstad, Agency & Programs Director for the FAFB, “the Kids on the Go program provides at-risk children with child friendly meals and snacks to take home each week during summer school. Kids on the Go helps to alleviate childhood hunger by providing food to children during the summer months when other forms of food assistance may not be available.”

Attending the celebration were FAFB CEO, Oya Oliver, Agency & Programs Director, Mishelle Krogstad
Jamie Miller, Manager, Public & Community Relations for Giant Food of Landover, Md., and Giant Food District Director Robert Belcher along with other Giant employees and CYT volunteers. A very special thank you goes out to Kelle, Helen, Hope, Josh, Paige, Scott, Stacey, Noah and all the other wonderful volunteers who made this morning’s event such a success.

We would like to say thank you to Regina Weiss and Suzanne Rossi from the Free Lance Star  as well as Ted Schubel from B101.5 for attending today’s event.  We really appreciate your support.  Also, thank you to Chris Frederick and Brian McGuire from Signs for Anything for the beautiful wrap design and for making everything you do for the food bank look great!

20130618_105923With the help of today’s volunteers, 242 of the 600 Kids on the Go bags needed for this week’s distribution, were assembled during this morning’s volunteer pack.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the Kids on the Go program or any of the other feeding programs provided through the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank please visit our website http://www.fredfood.org or contact Cybele Brooks, Volunteer Services Manager at 540-371-7666 x 133

Click here to learn more about Kids On The Go

Kids On The Go Volunteer Day

S_Logo_HorizontalThrough a generous grant from Giant Food, the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank is fighting hunger with the roll out of the new Kids on the Go Summer Feeding van.  The Kids on the Go vehicle will be unveiled tomorrow starting at 9:30 am through a media and volunteer event at the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank 3631 Lee Hill Drive Fredericksburg.  The public is welcome to attend.

The Kids on the Go van will hit the road beginning next week to bring meals to 600 children attending summer school in three areas within Planning District 16, in Spotsylvania, and Caroline counties and the City of Fredericksburg.  For more information contact Dayna Klein 540-371-7666 x 131.