FRFB Receives $18,780 Grant from Altria Companies

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Receives $18,780 Grant from Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) to Support the Food For Life Program

Food Bank Receives Grant to Purchase Food for Hungry Seniors and the Disabled

Fredericksburg, VA (July 18, 2017) – The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank has been awarded a $18,780 grant from Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) to provide food and produce for the Food for Life (FFL) program.  According to the FRFB Agency and Programs Director, Mishelle Krogstad, “Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, tells us that  56% of food pantry clients over 65 need to visit a food pantry every month in order to provide for their basic needs.  Nationally, 30% of seniors who seek assistance from food pantries indicated they had to choose between food and medical care and 35% had to choose between food and paying their utilities. This grant will allow us to provide supplemental food assistance to the elderly and disabled of our community to help avoid these difficult choices.”

The food bank serves as the charitable food hub, distributing food to 73 non-profit and faith-based organizations throughout Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and Locust Grove. The Food for Life program alleviates hunger for low-income elderly and disabled individuals by providing monthly in-home deliveries of supplemental food. Oya Oliver, FRFB President and CEO stated, “due to skyrocketing expenses and increased personal costs, the challenge our FFL recipients face each day is the need to meet their dietary requirements, while struggling to live on a fixed income.  These monthly deliveries of supplemental food improve nutrition and reduce the stress that comes with food insecurity.  We are so thankful to ACECF for this opportunity to help provide additional food for this vulnerable population in our community.”  

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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 73 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 Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF)

ACECF is a workplace-giving program managed directly by its employees.ACECF is one of a small number of programs of this type in the U.S. The fund illustrates the power of employees combining their contributions for a greater impact than they could achieve by donating individually. ACECF was founded in 2000 because employees wanted to be more actively involved in helping their communities. Employees choose the fund’s focus areas, and serve on committees that manage the fundraising and grantmaking selection process. Altria Group makes an annual contribution to ACECF and pays its administrative costs. This ensures that every employee dollar raised goes directly to support non-profit organizations in its local communities.

Wells Fargo Grant

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Receives $2,675 Grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to Support the Food for Life
Food Bank Receives Grant to Purchase Fresh Produce and Healthy Food for Seniors

Fredericksburg, VA (Jan 17, 2016) – The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank has been awarded a $2,675 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to provide food and produce for the Food for Life program. According to the FRFB Agency and Programs Director, Mishelle Krogstad, “This grant will allow us to provide nutritious, supplemental food assistance to the elderly of our community, who are living on a limited income.”

The food bank serves as the charitable food distribution center for 69 non-profit and faith-based organizations throughout Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and Locust Grove. The FFL program provides a box of nutritious food each month to the low-income elderly of our community, supplementing their nutritional requirements. Oya Oliver, FRFB President and CEO stated, “We are very thankful that this gift from the Wells Fargo Foundation will help us provide healthy food to our seniors.  Daily we come in contact with elderly who live on such tight budgets that they have a hard time finding funds to pay for food and other essentials of daily living.  This gift will help to alleviate the stress that their living situations create.”

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.

Hogs Feed Kids

The Hogs Feed Kids event sponsored by Leader in Sports was a great success. Redskin legends Joe Jacoby and Jeff Bostic did a wonderful job of signing autographs, posing for photos and interacting with crowd of folks that stopped by R and R Antiques in Fredericksburg in support of local families. Laura Ragland, owner of R & R Antiques said “we feel so proud to be a part of such a wonderful event.” When all the autograph signing, storytelling, photos, and laughter from this great day was over, enough funds were raised to provide five new Food 4 Families pantries to be established in local schools. According to event organizer Rich Lieberman of Leader in Sports “it’s about the kids and how we can help.” The additional funding for new school pantries will bring the total to 45 Food 4 Families pantries in the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Food 4 Families School Pantry Program. Thank you Redskin legends Joe Jacoby and Jeff Bostic as well as Rich Lieberman of Leader in Sports and Laura Ragland of R & R Antiques for making this event such a success for local families and helping to create a hunger-free community.

Hogs Feed Kids is this Saturday

Come 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.

10th Annual Legal Food Frenzy

The FRFB would like to thank all the participants in this year’s Legal Food Frenzy for all their efforts on behalf of the hungry. Together, enough food and funds from this statewide event were collected to provide over 9,100 meals to the hungry of our community. All participants were given points for the amount of food collected, funds collected, if they delivered the food/funds to the FRFB, early registration, and for volunteering. When all the points were totaled the local top two winners from Planning District 16 are:

1st Place – Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen (Fredericksburg & Stafford Office) with a grand total of 8,960 points;
2nd Place – Hirschler Fleischer (Fredericksburg Office) with a grand total of 5,000 points.

Together these two offices gathered enough food and funds to provide over 9,100 meals to help create a hunger-free community. Everyone at Allen, Allen, Allen and Allen – Stafford and Fredericksburg as well as everyone at the Fredericksburg office of Hirschler Fleischer you really raised the bar. We want you to know how much this is needed and appreciated by those that are struggling and we thank you.

Free Shred Event

The Virginia Credit Union will offer a free document shredding event this weekend at its Fredericksburg branch.

The event will be held from 9:00 AM until noon on Saturday, April 9th at 2150 Gordon W. Shelton Blvd in Central Park.

Shred-it, a document destruction company, will shred up to three full paper grocery bags per person.

Virginia Credit Union encourages consumers to reduce the risk of identity theft by shredding old documents containing personal and financial information.

The public is invited and encouraged to bring non-perishable food to donate to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank

Band Together 2015

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Each year in Stafford County, the five High School Marching Bands come together at Mountain View High School for a single purpose…to fight hunger with a night of music, marching and spectacle!

Band Together 2015 was a huge success.  In November, the FRFB received 8,418 pounds of donated food generously delivered by Mr. Ken Fletcher of W.D.F. Trucking.  When all the donations from Chic-fil-A concessions, Food Lion Feeds, Kohl’s Cares and Walmart were tallied earlier this month Karen Bingham brought a check to the FRFB in the amount of $6,832.95.  All totaled, this Band Together event will help to break barriers to food access and fight hunger by providing 20,681 meals to our community.  What a great way for our kids to use their talents to rally the community to Band Together and help all that are struggling with food insecurity.  Thank you!!

Check Out Hunger

WegmansAs Wegmans celebrates their 100th anniversary in 2016, they continue to foster partnerships in the community to support local food banks in feeding the hungry through their Check Out Hunger campaign. Check Out Hunger, Care About Hunger, and Food 2 Feed programs allow customers to donate $1, $2, $3, $5, or any other amount at checkout with 100% of the proceeds going to each store’s local food bank.  This year, the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank received $26,396.00 from our local Wegmans Check Out Hunger campaign which through the customer’s generous donations will help to provide almost 53,000 meals to those struggling in our community.  What a great way to demonstrate caring and partnership.  Thank you Wegmans.