Legal Food Frenzy Winners

LegalFoodFrenzy_2017_color-01 (002)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 event were collected to provide over 18,268 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 8,328 points; 

2nd Place – Hirschler Fleischer (Fredericksburg Office) with a grand total of 6,875 points;

3rd Place – Fredericksburg Public Defenders Office  with a grand total of 5,408 points;

4th Place – Fredericksburg Area Bar Association with a grand total of 5,000 points;

5th Place – Parrish, Snead, Franklin and Simpson with a grand total of 1,934 points; and

6th Place – Spotsylvania County Attorney Office with a grand total of 157 pounds.

Together these offices gathered enough food and funds to provide over 18,268 meals to help create a hunger-free community.  We thank each one of these offices for helping to double the number of meals provided this year over last year.  We want you to know how much this is needed and appreciated by those that are struggling and we thank you.

Stamp Out Hunger

SOH25thlogo-cmyk-1.jpgThe National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is celebrating 25 years of providing food and hope for our community.  There are over 34,000 of our neighbors struggling with hunger every day.  So each year our letter carriers volunteer their time and effort to provide an easy way for everyone to help care for our community.
The 25th Annual Letter Carriers food drive is Saturday, May 13, 2017.  Watch your mailbox for the familiar postcard (provided by our friends and the Marine Corps Historic Half) and bright blue bag.  Fill your bag with non-perishable food and place by your mailbox on May 13th.  Your letter carrier will do the rest.
NEW this year, to make it even easier for our letter carriers to reach their goal of 75,000 meals for the community, we are hosting the Virtual Food Drive.
Use this link to log on and scan items from our most wanted list to provide to the FRFB.  It’s fun and easy!
Just think, you can shop from the comfort of your home and receive your tax receipt for your records…proof that you helped our carriers make this year the largest one day total of food collected.
Whether you donate with non-perishable items, or scan your donation through the NEW Online Virtual Food Drive, all food and funds stay right here to help our friends and neighbors because together, we can create a hunger free community.

Fight Hunger. Spark Change.

This spring, Walmart is joining forces with its customers and suppliers including Campbell Soup Company, General Mills, Kellogg Company, The Kraft Heinz Company, Pepsico and Discover to raise 100 million meals* for Feeding America® and its nationwide network of member food banks. There are four main ways for the public to participate in the campaign: 

1) Product Purchase: Each participating item purchased at Walmart or through Walmart.com will unlock a donation equivalent to one meal* secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks from each supplier. 1 item = 1 meal ($0.09) up to each supplier’s maximum donation. 100% of funds will benefit local member food banks.

2) Register Giving: customers can donate to their local Feeding America member food bank at the registers of Walmart stores. Donations of $1, $2, $5 or another amount will be accepted. There is no limit to what can be raised at the register! 100% of funds will be directed to local member food banks.

3) Digital Challenge: Sharing #FightHunger on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and using the campaign Snapchat filter will generate a donation of 10 meals* from Walmart. Walmart has made an initial donation of $1.5 million, which will be split nationally and locally. An additional $1.5M is being made available for the campaign period. The following actions generate a donation and will count towards drawing down the additional gift. 100% of incremental funds will benefit network members and funds will be divided evenly:

  • Liking, sharing or clicking on Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign content on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

  • Creating or sharing content on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #FightHunger

  • Using the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. filter on Snapchat, available on April 21st   

 4) Discover Card: For each transaction using Discover at Walmart and on Walmart.com, an additional meal* will be donated by Discover. Funds will be shared between the national office and network food banks.

Additionally, online donations will be accepted at Walmart.com/fighthunger.

Thank You Giant Food

This week Giant Food stopped by the FRFB to personally deliver 200 beautiful hams to help feed hungry families.
These hams are a welcome donation and will provide over 800 meals this spring.
Receiving this year’s donation of honey glazed hams from Giant Food is FRFB president and CEO Oya Oliver.
 
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Pictured with Ms. Oliver are Clay Rolfe Giant Food District Director 103, Matthew Logan, Perishable Manager Store #235, Joseph Caporaletti Meat Seafood Specialist, Alberto Tiradoy, Produce Specialist, Barbara Bechtel, Store manager #770, Matthew Cohn, Store Manager
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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

Van Donation from Dominion Virginia Power

 

FREDERICKSBURG, VA (March 1, 2017) – For many, a simple white van on the road is just another vehicle, but at the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank (FRFB), that van is the lifeline carrying food and hygiene articles to those struggling with hunger.  When the FRFB needed to replace an aging vehicle, that’s when Dominion Virginia Power stepped in and donated a 2006, Chevrolet cargo van.

“Many in the community do not realize that without trucks and vans on the road each day the food bank would not be able to provide food for the more than 35,000 people in Fredericksburg, and surrounding counties that need help,” said Oya Oliver, President and CEO of the FRFB. “Dominion understands that having a dependable vehicle for our drivers is important to keep our commitment of delivering food to our 70 partner agency pantries.”

“We are so excited to receive this cargo van from Dominion,” said Mishelle Krogstad, Agency and Programs Director at the FRFB. “It will replace our 2002, van for everyday pickups so you know you will see it all over town.”

The keys to the van were recently presented to FRFB Operations Manager, Steve Carty, by Eric Tatum, Dominion’s local manager of Distribution Construction.

“The cargo van served us well over the years, and considering it’s in excellent operating condition, it will serve the FRFB for many more years to come,” Tatum said. “It is our privilege to donate the van to an organization that folks in our community depend on for a basic human 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 70 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

Walt Disney Company to Strengthen Produce Program

Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank Receives $15,000 Grant from The Walt Disney Company to Strengthen Produce Program

Food Bank Receives Grant to Purchase Cooler to Store Fresh Produce

Fredericksburg, VA (Jan 18, 2017) – The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank has been awarded a $15,000 grant from The Walt Disney Company to strengthen the Produce Program, in order to promote the well-being of children and families who struggle with hunger.  The food bank will be using this money to purchase a drive-in cooler exclusively for the storage of fresh produce.  According to the FRFB Agency and Programs Director, Mishelle Krogstad, “This grant will help the FRFB increase our ability to store produce and keep it fresh, therefore distributing more nutritious food to hungry families and children and the community.”

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.  Sourcing local produce is the heart of the food bank’s Produce Program, providing emergency food distribution through forty one 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 Disney’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 Disney, 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 those living in remote areas; in particular school aged children, the elderly, the disabled, and 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 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 70 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

CANstruction 2017

This years CANstruction “Driving Out Hunger” was a smashing hit! A total of 21,625 pounds of food and $757 were collected equaling 19,235 meals that we can provide to those in need within our community. Thank you to everyone who made this years event possible. Without all of your hard work and support non of […]

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.”