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Richmond Christmas Mother Awards FeedMore $25,000 Grant to Provide Special Holiday Meals to Families

November 27, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Christmas Mother Fund announced that it has awarded a $25,000 grant to FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization, to provide meals to 2,000 families during the holiday season. The meals will be distributed to neighbors throughout greater Richmond next month through FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry, which takes nutritious meals to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy and affordable food.

 

“We have so much to be thankful for this time of year and this wonderful grant from the Richmond Christmas Mother will certainly help us spread the holiday spirit to the families we help throughout Richmond,” said Doug Pick, Chief Executive Officer at FeedMore. “For many of us, food serves as the centerpiece of our fondest memories and we are incredibly grateful to have the continued support of the Richmond Christmas Mother and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In addition to nourishing our neighbors with this special holiday meal, we are also showing them that we care, that Richmond cares, that they are remembered and we are here for them in their times of need.” 

 

FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry program distributes approximately 92,000 pounds of food monthly to underserved communities with limited access to grocery stores. With nearly 20 distribution sites across Central Virginia, the Mobile Pantry is committed to providing families with a variety of perishable and nonperishable food items for well-balanced meals.

 

“We have been impressed with FeedMore’s efforts to attack hunger in new ways during the Christmas season by distributing healthy food to families in need through its Mobile Pantry,” said Thomas A. Silvestri, president and publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and chair of the Richmond Christmas Mother Committee. “On behalf of our generous donors, we are able to fulfill one important aspect of our mission of making sure families in need don’t go hungry on Christmas.”

 

In addition to this generous donation to FeedMore, 48 local nonprofit groups will receive a total of $75,000 this holiday season as part of a yearly grant program administered by the Richmond Christmas Mother Committee and The Community Foundation of Richmond.  

 

For more information on FeedMore’s hunger-fighting efforts, please visit FeedMore.org.

 

About FeedMore

FeedMore is Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization dedicated to providing neighbors in need with healthy meals and hope for a better tomorrow. With a service area that stretches across 34 cities and counties, FeedMore helps the nearly 200,000 children, families and seniors in Central Virginia who struggle with hunger. Working to efficiently and effectively fight hunger, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach, comprehensive programs and network of more than 300 partner agencies are dedicated to providing neighbors who face hunger with one of the most basic necessities: nourishment. For additional information, please visit FeedMore.org, find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

 

About Richmond Christmas Mother Fund
The Richmond Christmas Mother Fund seeks to support those in need in Central Virginia during the holiday season by helping to provide food and holiday meals, toys, gifts, clothing, and transportation to holiday events. The community effort is coordinated by the Richmond Times-Dispatch's five-person Richmond Christmas Mother Committee, a non-profit organization. The Richmond Christmas Mother Fund started in 1935, evolving out of the Richmond News Leader’s Empty Stocking Fund and the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Good Fellow Club.  To date, the Richmond Christmas Mother Fund has raised more than $7.5 million.  For additional information on the Richmond Christmas Mother Fund, please visit us here.

 

 

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Kroger Providing Food and Fuel for FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels

November 15, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. – This Thanksgiving, Kroger Mid-Atlantic has teamed up with FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization, to cover the cost of a special Thanksgiving meal for nearly 900 seniors and homebound neighbors in FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program.  Kroger is also making the week of Thanksgiving extra special for FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers by handing out fuel gift cards.

 

“We’re very thankful to have a partner like Kroger who is always looking for creative and meaningful ways to join us in the fight against hunger in Central Virginia,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore. “Our volunteers give so much to us each and every day and it’s a great feeling to be able to provide them with a little something extra this holiday season to recognize their continued commitment and dedication to our mission and most importantly, our recipients.”

 

On Wednesday, November 22, Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers will deliver the Thanksgiving meals to recipients on 94 routes across 14 localities throughout greater Richmond and the Tri-cities.  Kroger donated the full cost of the special holiday meal, saving FeedMore nearly $3,500. The Thanksgiving meal includes roast turkey and gravy, cornbread stuffing, honey glazed carrots, green beans amandine, a whole wheat roll, cranberry sauce and apple-glazed carrot cake. For recipeints with specific dietary restrictions, the menu is adjusted to accommodate their nutritional requirements.

 

Additionally, to offset the cost of fuel and show thanks for their generosity, all 376 Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers during the week of Thanksgiving will receive a Kroger gift card.  The average Meals on Wheels driver follows a 13-mile route that takes roughly 55 minutes to complete. Kroger will provide each driver with a $10 Kroger gift card to be redeemed at Kroger Fuel Centers.

 

“As part of our commitment to Zero Hunger, Zero Waste, we’re creating innovative initiatives, like Thanksgiving Fueled By Kroger, to help those most vulnerable in our communities. We are thrilled to be able to partner with FeedMore in this capacity for the third year in a row,” said Allison McGee, corporate affairs manager at Kroger Mid-Atlantic. “On top of helping those in need, it’s important to recognize those people who go above and beyond. We consider it a great opportunity to be able to show appreciation to the Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers while offsetting costs for FeedMore of the Thanksgiving meal.”

 

Since 2014, Kroger Mid-Atlantic has donated more than 2 million meals to FeedMore through a variety of initiatives, including coin box donations, icon sales, corporate donations, partnerships, perishable donations and other community events.

 

About Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division

 

The Mid-Atlantic Division operates 122 stores, 119 pharmacies and 93 fuel centers in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio.  Headquartered in Roanoke, the Mid-Atlantic Division is dedicated to making a difference in the communities it serves by supporting hunger relief, women’s health, our troops and their families, and local schools and grassroots organizations.  Kroger is also a strong supporter of the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and organizations that promote the advancement of women and minorities.  Fortune magazine named Kroger the “most generous company in America” and The Reputation Institute ranked Kroger among the Top 100 of America’s Most Reputable Companies.  For more information, visit http://www.kroger.com.

FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels Celebrates 50th Anniversary

October 13, 2017

FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization, will celebrate a very special milestone for its Meals on Wheels program on Monday – 50 years of delivering healthy meals and companionship to homebound neighbors in Central Virginia. To commemorate this golden anniversary, Mayor Levar Stoney will be delivering meals to Meals on Wheels recipients in the 9th District on the southside of Richmond.

 

“Monday is an extraordinarily special day for our Meals on Wheels and we are incredibly proud of the impact this program has made on the lives of our homebound neighbors,” said Doug Pick, CEO of FeedMore. “For the last 50 years, with the support of our community, we have been able to ensure our homebound seniors and disabled neighbors are taken care of in mind, body and spirit.”

 

On October 16, 1967, eight homebound residents in the City of Richmond received a meal delivered by then Richmond Mayor Morrill Crowe and his wife, Katheryne, marking the official launch of the program. Since then, FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels has delivered close to 7.8 million meals to homebound neighbors who are unable to shop for or prepare nutritious meals on their own.

 

“Our Meals on Wheels helps ensure our region’s seniors can age in place and remain independent and safe in their own homes, where they want to be,” said Pick. “It is our duty and responsibility to take care of those who have given so much of themselves and I couldn’t be more proud of the great work our community has done to support our seniors.”

 

With meals made from scratch in the Bayard Community Kitchen, each weekday more than 1,000 diet-specific meals are delivered to nearly 800 recipients on 94 routes across Central Virginia. FeedMore relies on the support of its more than 130 Meals on Wheels volunteers each day, who in addition to hand-delivering the meal, provide recipients with a friendly smile and that important safety check, making the program extend far beyond the meal.

 

For more information on FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels and our hunger-fighting efforts, please visit FeedMore.org. 

FeedMore Fights Hunger with Child and Adult Care Food Program

September 5, 2017

FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization, will once again sponsor the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP or Kids Cafe program) to provide snacks and healthy meals to children and teens at afterschool programs and community centers throughout greater Richmond and the Tri-cities. With Kids Cafe sites located in some of the most impoverished communities in the region, in addition to a healthy meal, these programs also offer students mentoring, tutoring, cultural enrichment and social activities.

 

“Our continued participation in the Kids Cafe program allows us to provide thousands of healthy meals to the thousands of children in our community who aren’t receiving the necessary nutrition,” said Ruth Ann Caplice, Children’s Nutrition Program Manager at FeedMore. “Prepared by our wonderful Community Kitchen staff and volunteers, the snacks and cooked-from-scratch meals focus on nutrition and provide kids with healthy, fun options that they enjoy.”

 

The same meals will be available at no separate separate charge to all participants at each CACFP facility without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation. To file a complaint complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

 

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or by fax to (202) 690-7442; or via email to program.intake@usda.gov.

 

For more information on FeedMore’s Kids Cafe program and locations, please visit FeedMore.org. 

 

Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability amnd there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-03027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.giv/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.  To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by (1) Mail:   USDA, Director, Office of ther Assitant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410; (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442 or; (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

Morgan Stanley Awards FeedMore Grant to Expand Fresh Produce Program

July 28, 2017

Richmond, VA – FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization, announced that it was recently awarded a grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to support its fresh produce program. The funds will be used to increase FeedMore’s ability to access, transport and store fresh produce and provide fruits and vegetables for Central Virginians who struggle with hunger.

 

“By providing the people we serve with increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables, we give them the building blocks for a healthy life,” said Doug Pick, Chief Executive Officer at FeedMore. “We are excited to continue our work with Morgan Stanley to help improve the health of neighbors in need throughout our 34 city and county service area.”

 

Food insecurity continues to be an issue facing millions of Americans. According to data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released in September 2016, 42 million people in the United States are living in food-insecure households, 13 million of whom are children. Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2014 study found that 89 percent of Feeding America’s client households with at least one child lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. 

 

“We are proud to continue our commitment of providing fresh produce to children and their families. This grant will make healthy foods available to those who might otherwise not have access to them,” said Joan Steinberg, Global Head of Philanthropy at Morgan Stanley and President of the Morgan Stanley Foundation.

 

About Feeding America

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States.  Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America.  Feeding America also supports programs that 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. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger.  Donate. Volunteer. Advocate.  Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Community Raises More Than $103,800 for FeedMore as Part of Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.”

July 10, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core-hunger relief organization, announced that Central Virginia residents generated a total of $103,833.76 through Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign to fight hunger in Central Virginia. The nationwide campaign, which raised more than $19.8 million to support Feeding America and its network of food banks, encouraged people to take action against hunger and help families in need through simple acts of support online, in-store purchases and donations.

 

Working with Discover card and five suppliers, Campbell Soup Company, General Mills, Kellogg Company, The Kraft Heinz Company and PepsiCo – the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign called on the public to take action and help fight hunger from April 17 – May 15, 2017 by sharing campaign messages via social media, donating to local Feeding America food banks in-store at the Walmart register or purchasing select products that triggered a donation.

 

According to the USDA, one in eight Americans, including 13 million children, currently struggle with hunger, and the problem affects every community across the United States. Here in Central Virginia, 1 in 7 neighbors, or more than 200,000 people face hunger.  

 

“We thank all those who took part in the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign and helped provide healthy meals for individuals who are in need within our own community,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore. “Most people think to donate to food banks during the holiday season, but thanks to the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign we can address this issue during the spring and summer months when donations are often lowest. We’re delighted with this year’s campaign results and the funds we receive will help us provide more than 415,000 healthy meals to our neighbors in their times of need.”

 

“This campaign is a great example of our long-standing commitment to hunger relief and our dedication to ensuring that families have access to affordable, nutritious and sustainably grown food,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “Together with Feeding America, our suppliers and customers, we continue to work in the communities we serve to make a real difference for those who are struggling with hunger.”

 

The ‘’Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’’ campaign is part of Walmart’s larger commitment to provide meals to those in need, helping ensure every family has access to affordable, nutritious and sustainably-grown food. In October 2014, Walmart announced a commitment to create a more sustainable food system, with a focus on improving the affordability of food by lowering the “true cost” of food for both customers and the environment, increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. This commitment includes a goal of providing four billion meals to those in need in the U.S. by 2020.

 

For more information about how FeedMore is fighting hunger in Central Virginia, please visit FeedMore.org.

 

About Feeding America

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that 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. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

 

About Walmart 

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

FeedMore Awarded $52,000 Grant from the Walmart Foundation

June 30, 2017

FeedMore announced that it recently received a $52,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.  Part of the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program, this grant will help FeedMore continue to improve the health and well-being of families who struggle with hunger in Central Virginia. Specifically, this grant will help FeedMore strengthen its partnership with the Farmville Area Community Emergency Services (FACES) by increasing FACES’ capacity to distribute healthy food to neighbors in need across the southwest region of FeedMore’s service area.

 

“We are very thankful for Walmart’s continued support of and dedication to our mission,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore. “This grant will help us further extend our reach into the more rural communities of our service area. We look forward to continuing our work with our partner agency FACES and our other partner agencies in this region to distribute nutritious meals to the children, families and seniors in their region who need it most.”

 

With a service area that stretches across 34 cities and counties, FeedMore has seen the food-insecurity rate steadily rise in the southwest region of its service area and has identified Farmville as a high-need community, with nearly 26,000 individuals struggling to put food on the table. This grant will allow FeedMore to invest in FACES’ capacity to handle produce and other perishable foods and help this partner agency increase its healthy food distribution to families and individuals throughout their eight-county service area.

 

“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are pleased to continue to support FeedMore and all they do in Virginia to help alleviate hunger,” said Brooke Mueller, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs for Walmart. “Through this grant, FeedMore will be able to reach more people in need in Central Virginia and help more families receive nutritious, healthy food.”

 

For more information on FeedMore and hunger in Central Virginia, please visit FeedMore.org.

Central Virginia Community to Benefit from Nationwide Foundation Grant

June 23, 2017

FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core-hunger relief organization, recently announced it has received a $25,000 donation from the Nationwide Foundation to support its hunger-relief efforts in Central Virginia. With nearly 200,000 children, families and seniors struggling with hunger, the grant will help FeedMore continue to provide healthy meals through its network of partner agencies and comprehensive programs to neighbors in need across its 34 city and county service area in Central Virginia.

                                                                         

“We are able to do what we do because of the support we receive from our community and are grateful to have the Nationwide Foundation standing beside us in the fight against hunger,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore. “Hunger is a year round issue and this gift will help us continue to provide healthy meals to our neighbors in need across Central Virginia.”

 

This grant is part of a $1.5 million gift to Feeding America that will help provide healthier foods to people in need.  With this donation, the Nationwide Foundation is investing in 22 food banks, including FeedMore, and supporting national produce sourcing efforts to help ensure safe and efficient produce delivery to food banks and their partner agencies.

 

FeedMore distributes more 52,000 meals each week day through its programs and network of partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, child and adult day cares and other nonprofit and community organizations throughout Central Virginia. FeedMore’s comprehensive programs, like the Summer Food Service Program, Mobile Pantry and Commodity Supplemental Food Program, are dedicated to providing healthy meals to neighbors who face hunger. Last year, through its Partner Agency Network and programs, FeedMore distributed more than 19.2 million meals to neighbors in need across Central Virginia.

 

“We’re committed to addressing the most critical needs in the communities where we live and work.  Often those needs are the most basic ones, like ensuring that everyone in the community has enough food to live a healthy, productive life,” said Chad Jester, president of the Nationwide Foundation.  “That’s why we are proud to partner with FeedMore.”

 

To learn how you can help fight hunger in your community, please visit FeedMore.org.

FeedMore Receives $2,500 Grant for Meals on Wheels Pet Program

June 14, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core-hunger relief organization, announced that it has received a $2,500 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its Meals for Pets program. Funding from the grant will help FeedMore continue to provide food, supplies and care for Meals on Wheels recipients with pets – all of which can be financially and physically burdensome.

 

“We understand the important role pets play in combatting feelings of isolation and loneliness in our Meals on Wheels recipients,” said Doug Pick, Chief Executive Officer at FeedMore. “This grant will help us continue to ensure our region’s homebound seniors and disabled neighbors, and their furry companions, can remain living at home with dignity and are taken care of in mind, body and spirit.”

 

In total, Meals on Wheels America has granted $300,000 to 193 local Meals on Wheels programs through the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative this year. Funding is made possible in part through a donation from Banfield Charitable Trust. To date, the grant program has distributed more than $2.4 million in funding and pet food donations.

 

“While the benefits of companionship are clear, taking care of a pet can be financially and physically challenging for seniors,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “Meals on Wheels Loves Pets help local Meals on Wheels providers alleviate this hardship and at the same time reduce the negative effects of isolation.”

This grant will help FeedMore provide pet food to 208 Meals on Wheels pet owners in Central Virginia, serving 281 pets.

 

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

FeedMore’s Summer Food Service Program Fights Summer Hunger

June 12, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will once again be providing free breakfast and lunch meals to thousands of children and teens this summer across greater Richmond.  Created to ensure that kids and teens of low-income households continue to receive meals during the summer when school is not in session, FeedMore’s SFSP provides well-balanced meals during the week to children and teens, 18 years and younger, free of charge.

 

“Our continued participation in the Summer Food Service Program allows us to provide thousands of healthy meals to children and teens who struggle with hunger,” said Ruth Ann Caplice, Children’s Nutrition Program Manager at FeedMore.  “This program helps ensure our region’s kids and teens grow and develop with the nutrition they need to be successful when the next school year begins in the fall.”

 

SFSP meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all kids and teens. Last summer, FeedMore provided over 134,478 breakfast and lunch meals to more than 1,700 children across the region.

 

For more information on FeedMore’s SFSP and for complete list of FeedMore’s open and closed/enrolled Summer Food Service Program sites, please visit FeedMore.org/summer.  Please note, this list is updated several times throughout the summer.

 

About FeedMore

FeedMore is Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization dedicated to providing neighbors in need with healthy meals and hope for a better tomorrow.  With a service area that stretches across 34 cities and counties, FeedMore helps the nearly 200,000 children, families and seniors in Central Virginia who struggle with hunger.  Working to efficiently and effectively fight hunger, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach, comprehensive programs and network of more than 300 partner agencies are dedicated to providing neighbors who face hunger with one of the most basic necessities: nourishment.  For additional information, please visit FeedMore.org, find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

 

Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability amnd there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-03027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.giv/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.  To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by (1) Mail:   USDA, Director, Office of ther Assitant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410; (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442 or; (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov

 

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FeedMore Receives Grant from Morgan Stanley for Pilot School Pantry Program

June 1, 2017

Richmond, VA - FeedMore today announced a $50,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to fund its pilot School Pantry program in Prince Edward and Halifax counties, a child-hunger initiative that helps low-income families have a readily accessible source of healthy and nutritious food to prepare at home.  Employees from Richmond-area branches presented the check and volunteered at FeedMore as part of Morgan Stanley’s “Feeding Kids Around the Clock” initiative, a full day of activities across the globe to help the fight against childhood hunger.

 

The Foundation is awarding a total of $750,000 in grants this month to food banks across the country.  Employees from the Firm are also volunteering today in 40 different locations, including Boston, to pack and sort food in preparation for the summer, when four out of five children who typically received reduced and free lunches through schools, lose that access to nutrition.  Through its partnership with Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks of which FeedMore is a part, the Foundation has given more than $21 million to help launch, expand and sustain critical childhood feeding programs including summer feeding programs.

 

“We are thrilled to receive this impactful grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation in support of our efforts to deliver more nutritious meals to children and families in Central Virginia,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore.  “Morgan Stanley and its employees provide vital support for FeedMore by generous contributions like this and many hours volunteering.”

 

“We are honored to be able to help FeedMore in its important fight against child hunger,” said Morgan Stanley Branch Manager Hugh Steiner. “We are delighted to extend our support through this grant and provide even more children with the foods they need to learn, grow and thrive.” 

 

“Grants like this from Morgan Stanley make a vital difference in our efforts to provide children with the nutritious meals they need every day,” said Andy Wilson, Chief Development Officer at Feeding America. “More than 13 million children in the United States live at risk of hunger. Together, we can solve hunger and ensure that children have the fuel they need to grow healthy and strong.”

 

Morgan Stanley employees were scheduled to participate in “Feeding Kids Around The Clock” events in more than 40 locations in the United States.

Vulcan Materials Company Takes Aim at Hunger

May 12, 2017

RICHMOND, VA​- Vulcan Materials Company’s annual “​Take Aim at Hunger Sporting Clays Tournament” ​ which took place on Tuesday, May 9 at Old Forge Sporting Clays in Providence Forge, VA.  raised over $40,000 for FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization.


This is the fourth year Vulcan’s Mideast Division has been hosting this tournament to benefit FeedMore and was by far the largest yet.  Over 100 participants “Took Aim” in the shooting competition.  There were also more than 25 company sponsors that helped produce the events held Tuesday in Virginia and the sister event event in North Carolina.


This year’s proceeds will help FeedMore to provide more than 107,000 healthy meals to neighbors who struggle with hunger across their 34 city and county service area.  Since 2011, Vulcan’s support will have helped FeedMore provide more than 300,000 nutritious meals through their partner agencies and programs.


"We are grateful to have partners like Vulcan Materials Company standing beside us in the fight against hunger,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore.  “Vulcan is guided by principles that include high respect for people - their dignity, values, and interests.  As a backbone nonprofit for Central Virginia, we also respect the nearly 200,000 children, families, and seniors who struggle with hunger and strive each day to enable them to retain their dignity, values, and interests.  This is only possible with the support from Vulcan and over 20,000 FeedMore volunteer and philanthropic supporters."


Commenting on this year’s events, Martin Thorpe, president of Mideast Division, noted “We are extremely pleased by the support from our employees, customers and friends for such a worthy cause.  Addressing hunger in our communities is one of the most important issues we can support that can improve the quality of life of individuals and families.  We are proud to be a key partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC and FeedMore of Virginia to meet these pressing needs in our communities.  We are also appreciative to our sponsors of this year’s events who partnered with Vulcan to feed the hungry including our Elite Partners: Carolina CAT; Carter Machinery, Concrete Plants, Inc.; Linder; Mellott; Mitchell Wealth Management; and Rock and Coal Construction.”


About Vulcan Materials Company Mideast Division:
Vulcan’s Mideast Division is a leading producer of aggregates in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The division operates over 65 crushing and sales facilities and employs approximately 1200 people. Vulcan Materials Company, a member of the S&P 500 index, is the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates, a major producer of asphalt mix and concrete. For more information about Vulcan visit ​www.vulcanmaterials.com​.

Food Lion Donates Meals to Jump-start Stamp Out Hunger

May 10, 2017

Donation to Be Presented to FeedMore on May 11, at 1 p.m.

 

What:             Food Lion Feeds will partner with FeedMore and the National Association of Letter Carriers to help jump-start the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive by donating 7,800 meals in celebration of the start of the campaign.  The donation is intended to help FeedMore and the National Association of Letter Carriers inspire regional residents to donate to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 13. To participate, residents have to simply fill bags with nonperishable food donations and leave the food out by their mailbox by 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 13 for the carriers to collect.

 

Who:               Food Lion execution and implementation specialist for Richmond Chris Ortiz & local associates, FeedMore representatives,  Local National Association of Letter Carriers representatives

 

When:            Thursday, May 11, 2016 1 p.m.

 

Where:           1415 Rhoadmiller Street, Richmond, Va., 23220

 

Quotes:         "Food Lion Feeds is proud to support the Stamp Out Hunger campaign in Richmond by stepping up to donate the first 7,800 meals," said Chris Ortiz, Food Lion's execution and implementation specialist for the Richmond area. "We hope our customers in the Richmond community will join us to support the campaign by leaving bags of non-perishable items out by their mailboxes for our local postal workers on Saturday. At Food Lion, we believe no one should have to choose between dinner and rent or gasoline and buying groceries. Campaigns like Stamp Out Hunger go a long way toward working to eliminate these choices for those struggling with hunger here in our community."

 

“The great thing about the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is that getting involved and making a difference is easy.  Our community can join the fight against hunger just by placing donated food by their mailbox Saturday morning for their letter carrier to collect when the mail is delivered,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore.  “Additionally, as we enter the summer months, when hungry families need additional food for children home on school vacations, this drive helps keep our Distribution Center stocked with nutritious food items to help our Central Virginia neighbors in need.”

 

"The Letter Carriers Food drive is the largest one day Food drive in America.  Letter carriers deliver to every house 6 days a week, so we are the eyes and ears of every community and often times we see the need first hand," said Thelma J. Hunt, President NALC496.  "On May 13, we will

Meals on Wheels Funding

March 18, 2017

There has been a lot of discussion surrounding the recent proposed budget implications and the funding of our Meals on Wheels program.  Our Meals on Wheels program delivers an average of 1,000 meals each weekday to approximately 800-900 homebound seniors in 14 cities and counties in the Richmond Tri-Cities area.  The cost of meals to each recipient is based on a sliding scale, depending on each individual’s ability to pay based on their gross income.  Meals may cost up to $6 each, however, many recipients don’t have the income to pay this full amount.

 

FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program and other local programs, receive funding from various sources.  23% of the budgeted cost for FeedMore’s program is reimbursed through local Areas Agencies on Aging, who receive funding from federal sources including Community Development Block Grants and the Older Americans Act.

 

Meals on Wheels America is a national organization that provides support, funding, advocacy and leadership for over 5,000 local Meals on Wheels Programs, including FeedMore’s own program.   The national network of individual programs receives 35% of its funding through the Older Americans Act.  Meals on Wheels America receives 3% of their own funding from the government for a resource center on nutrition and aging.  (Source: Meals on Wheels America, Statement Clarifying Federal Funds to Meals on Wheels)

 

At FeedMore, we see and feel the effectiveness of our Meals on Wheels program every day.  Providing nutritious and diet-specific meals for our area seniors who are unable to leave their homes reduces the amount of health- related illnesses our seniors face. One day of intensive care is equivalent to a full year’s cost for Meals on Wheels. Helping seniors remain healthy and out of the hospital translates into lower health care costs for insurers and the government.  The social interaction and safety check each delivery provides ensures our seniors are cared for emotionally.  The effectiveness of Meals on Wheels programs is, undoubtedly, very clear.

 

We remain committed to our mission to support our community’s seniors and our incredibly vital Meals on Wheels program regardless of the outcome of the proposed federal budget. We have no way to project the size of this gap, but we know the continued support and generosity of our community will allow us to continue executing our mission.

FeedMore Needs Meals on Wheels Volunteer Drivers in the Tri-Cities

March 9, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. – Each weekday, more than 800 homebound seniors and disabled neighbors receive a healthy meal and a friendly smile delivered by volunteers with FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program. 

 

Meals are dispatched from FeedMore’s main office on Rhoadmiller Street in Richmond and at 10 satellite sites located throughout FeedMore’s service area.  Dedicated to improving the quality of life of homebound individuals by providing support through nutritious meal deliveries, daily social interactions and safety checks, FeedMore needs more volunteer delivery drivers in the Tri-Cities to carry out its mission.

 

“We currently have individuals who need our services at some of our satellite sites and we need more volunteers to help deliver our nutritious meals,” said Katie Jantzi, FeedMore’s Director of Senior Nutrition Programs and Meals on Wheels.  “Our Community Kitchen has the capacity to make more diet-specific meals for these homebound neighbors; now we need more volunteers to support the creation of new routes, especially in Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell.”

 

Volunteer drivers are truly the backbone of the Meals on Wheels program and every Monday through Friday, volunteers deliver meals on about 92 routes across 14 cities and counties.  With meal deliveries dispatched from strategic locations across FeedMore’s service area, volunteers are able to deliver the healthy meals to neighbors in their own community.  Each meal delivery route varies in length and volunteer drivers spend about 45 to 90 minutes delivering the cooked-from-scratch meals to homebound seniors and disabled neighbors.

 

“The great thing about this program is that our volunteers get back more than they give,” said Jantzi.  “Our delivery drivers provide a vital connection to the outside world and help ensure our clients are safe in their own home, where they want to be.  The meal and the visit our Meals on Wheels program provides means the world to our homebound neighbors.”

 

For more information on FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program and to sign up to volunteer, please visit FeedMore.org/LetsDoLunch.

Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation Provided 500 Families with Healthy Holidays Meals from FeedMore

December 13, 2016

SOUTH HILL, VA – At 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 500 families residing in the South Hill and surrounding communities in Mecklenburg County received 30-pound boxes of food for healthy meals, just in time for the holidays.

 

Made possible by a generous donation from the Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation, FeedMore worked with local partner agencies in South Hill to identify families to take part in this special holiday distribution. Both Mecklenburg Senior Citizens and South Hill Bread Box identified local recipients and assisted in the distribution.

 

The holiday meal boxes contained fresh produce, meat, boxed and canned goods and all the fixings for a holiday meal, including a chicken roaster, dinner rolls, green beans, stuffing, black eyed peas, cranberry jelly, potatoes, onions, gravy and sweet potatoes.
“The holidays are such a special time for us all,” said Doug Pick, Chief Executive Officer at FeedMore. “We are so very thankful for our growing partnership with the Sadler family and are grateful for their dedication to our mission of providing our region’s vulnerable populations with one of the most basic necessities, especially during this special time of year.”

 

Hermie Sadler was in attendance on Saturday to assist with the distribution of holiday boxes to the families in need.

 

“Elliott and I are proud to partner with FeedMore and these local businesses to provide much needed food and support for people in need in our area,” said Hermie Sadler, co-founder of The Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation. “We appreciate everyone's support for this special event.”

 

In addition to the generosity of the Sadler family, this distribution was also made possible by the support of other businesses in the community including Boyd Honda and Boyd Chrysler Dodge Jeep of South Hill, Boyd Chevrolet Buick GMC of Emporia, Citizens Community Bank, Parker Oil & Propane Company, Brian's Steak House, Pearce Oil Company, Express Care, Express Car Wash, B&W Mini Storage, Day Inn of South Hill, Williams Enterprises of South Hill, Sadler Brothers Oil Company and Slip-in Food Marts.

 

For pictures of the distribution event, please visit the Dropbox link here.

 

About the Sadler Foundation
The Hermie and Elliott Sadler Charitable Foundation is dedicated to raising autism awareness and promoting research for a cure while also supporting initiatives that improve educational opportunities for children and their families. The Foundation provides support to projects that share the ideals and concerns of the Sadler family.

Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation Provide 500 Families with Holiday Meals from FeedMore

December 7, 2016

WHAT: On Saturday, 500 families residing in the South Hill and surrounding communities in Mecklenburg County will receive 30-pound boxes of food for healthy meals, just in time for the holidays.

 

Made possible by a generous donation from the Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation, FeedMore worked with local partner agencies in South Hill to identify families to take part in this special holiday distribution. Both Mecklenburg Senior Citizens and South Hill Breadbox identified local recipients and will assist in the distribution.

 

The holiday meal boxes will contain fresh produce, protein, boxed and canned goods and all the fixings for a traditional holiday meal, including a chicken roaster, dinner rolls, green beans, stuffing, black eyed peas, cranberry jelly, potatoes, onions, gravy and sweet potatoes.

 

According to the 2015 Map the Meal Gap study completed by Feeding America, approximately one in every five people in Mecklenburg County struggles with hunger.

 

WHO: Community leaders, Sadler Foundation representatives, volunteers and staff from FeedMore, South Hill Bread Box and Mecklenburg Senior Citizens

 

WHEN: Saturday, December 10
9:30 a.m. Media Check-in
10:00 a.m. Distribution of holiday boxes

 

WHERE: Boyd Honda
1121 East Atlantic Avenue
South Hill, VA

 

VISUALS: Community leaders, representatives from the Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation and employees and volunteers from FeedMore, the South Hill Bread Box and Mecklenburg Senior Citizens distribute holiday food boxes to residents of South Hill and surrounding Mecklenburg County community residents.
 

 

Contact: Jessica Howe
Public Relations Manager
Office: 804-237-8604
Mobile: 703-677-2796
jhowe@FeedMore.org

Kroger Providing Food and Fuel for FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels

November 17, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – This Thanksgiving, Kroger Mid-Atlantic has teamed up with FeedMore to cover the cost of a special Thanksgiving meal for nearly 900 seniors and homebound neighbors in FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program. Kroger is also making the week of Thanksgiving extra special for FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers by handing out fuel gift cards.

 

“We’re very thankful to have a partner like Kroger who is always looking for creative and meaningful ways to join us in the fight against hunger in Central Virginia,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore. “Our volunteers give so much to us each and every day and it’s a great feeling to be able to provide them with a little something extra this holiday season to recognize their continued commitment and dedication to our mission and most importantly, our recipients.”

 

On Wednesday, November 23, Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers will deliver the Thanksgiving meals to recipients on 92 routes throughout Richmond and the Tri-cities. Kroger donated the full cost of the special holiday meal, saving FeedMore nearly $3,000. The Thanksgiving meal includes roast turkey and gravy, cornbread stuffing, honey glazed carrots, green beans amandine, pumpkin pie, a whole wheat roll and cranberry sauce. For recipeints with specific dietary restrictions, the menu is adjusted to accommodate their nutritional requirements.

 

Additionally, to offset the cost of fuel and show thanks for their generosity, every Meals on Wheels volunteer driver during the week of Thanksgiving will receive a Kroger gift card. The average Meals on Wheels driver follows a 13-mile route that takes roughly 55 minutes to complete. Kroger will provide each driver with a $10 Kroger gift card to be redeemed at Kroger Fuel Centers.

 

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with FeedMore in this capacity for the second year in a row,” said Allison McGee, spokesperson for Kroger Mid-Atlantic. “We consider it a great opportunity to be able to recognize the Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers while offsetting costs for FeedMore of the Thanksgiving meal.”

 

Since 2014, Kroger Mid-Atlantic has donated 746,068 meals to FeedMore through a variety of initiatives, including coin box donations, icon sales, corporate donations, partnerships, perishable donations and other community events.

Food Lion Feeds Donates More Than 6,500 Meals to Kick Off Annual Scouting for Food Drive

November 2, 2016

What: Food Lion Feeds is helping jump start the annual Scouting for Food drive by donating 7,812 pounds of food to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank. The donation, which will help FeedMore provide more than 6,500 meals through its network of partner agencies and programs, is intended to inspire local residents to donate to the Heart of Virginia Council, Boys Scouts of America’s annual food drive on Saturday, November 5.

 

 

This year nearly 250,000 households received a bag and residents are kindly requested to place the donation-filled bags on their doorstep by 9:30 a.m. this Saturday for the Scouts to pick up. Individuals who do not receive a bag, but wish to participate in the Scouting for Food drive, are encouraged to drop off their donated items at any TowneBank Richmond branch, FeedMore or Heart of Virginia Council of the Boy Scouts headquarters at 4015 Fitzhugh Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23230.

 

Who: Benny Smith, Manager of Media & Community Relations, Food Lion
Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer, FeedMore
Pat Collins, President, TowneBank Richmond
Todd Martin, Deputy Scout Executive, Heart of Virginia Council, Boy Scouts of America

 

When: Thursday, November 3, 2016  10 a.m.

 

Where: 1601 Rhoadmiller Street Richmond, Va. 23220

 

Quotes: “We are very appreciative of the continued support we receive from the Boy Scouts, TowneBank, Food Lion and our community at large during the Scouting for Food drive,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore. “With nearly 200,000 of our neighbors not having enough to eat, these donations will help us continue to provide healthy food for wholesome meals through our network of partner agencies and programs that are dedicated to feeding children, families and seniors who struggle with hunger. And with Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away, the Scouting for Food drive helps us brighten the holiday season for our neighbors in their times of need.”

 

"Food Lion is excited to offer this opportunity to partner with FeedMore and local scouts for the Scouting for Food Drive," said Frankie Marshburn, Director of Operations for Food Lion's Richmond market. "Through our Food Lion Feeds community relations program, Food Lion is working to create a better tomorrow by uniting with customers and partners to eliminate the choices families are forced to make when they are hungry."

 

“In its 29th year, Scouting For Food helps connect Scouts with their immediate community and instills in them a sense of service,” said Brad Nesheim, Scout Executive for the Heart of Virginia Council. “While each Scout Troop conducts service projects throughout the year, this is the one Council-wide service project to get everyone working together across our 24 counties. We anticipate 8,000 Scouts, leaders and parents will be working on this project. It is also amazing to see the 19-20 tractor trailer loads of food being delivered to FeedMore on the collection weekend from this project.”


 

Join the Fight Against Hunger this Saturday with Scouting for Food

November 1, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – This weekend, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts in Central Virginia will take to the streets to collect donations for the annual Scouting for Food drive, presented by TowneBank. Now in its 29th year, this Saturday, November 5, troops will collect nonperishable, shelf-stable items food items from doorsteps across the region to donate to FeedMore.

 

“We are very appreciative of the continued support we receive from the Boy Scouts, TowneBank, Food Lion and our community at large during the Scouting for Food drive,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore. “With nearly 200,000 of our neighbors not having enough to eat, these donations will help us continue to provide healthy food for wholesome meals through our network of partner agencies and programs that are dedicated to feeding children, families and seniors who struggle with hunger. And with Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away, the Scouting for Food drive helps us brighten the holiday season for our neighbors in their times of need.”

 

This year nearly 250,000 households received a bag, which includes detailed instructions on what to donate and when the bags will be collected. Residents are kindly requested to place the donation-filled bags on their doorstep by 9:30 a.m. this Saturday for the Scouts to pick up.

 

Individuals who do not receive a bag, but wish to participate in the Scouting for Food drive, are encouraged to drop off their donated items at any TowneBank Richmond branch, FeedMore or Heart of Virginia Council of the Boy Scouts headquarters at 4015 Fitzhugh Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23230.

 

“In its 29th year, Scouting For Food helps connect Scouts with their immediate community and instills in them a sense of service,” said Brad Nesheim, Scout Executive for the Heart of Virginia Council. “While each Scout Troop conducts service projects throughout the year, this is the one Council-wide service project to get everyone working together across our 24 counties. We anticipate 8,000 Scouts, leaders and parents will be working on this project. It is also amazing to see the 19-20 tractor trailer loads of food being delivered to FeedMore on the collection weekend from this project.”

 

Last year, the Scouting for Food drive donated more than 184,375 pounds to FeedMore, which was distributed through its network of nearly 300 partner agencies and used in FeedMore’s Community Kitchen to prepare nutritious meals for children, seniors and homebound neighbors who face hunger.

 

This year, FeedMore and The Heart of Virginia Boy Scout Council hope to collect 200,000 pounds. For more information on the Scouting for Food drive, please visit FeedMore.org/Scouting.

FeedMore Recognizes Accomplishments of Partner Agencies

October 6, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – On September 23, more than 150 agencies from across Central Virginia came together for FeedMore’s Partner Agency Conference. With nearly 300 representatives from FeedMore’s Partner Agency Network in attendance, the Nourishing Communities Together conference provided FeedMore’s partner agencies with the opportunity to learn, network, share best practices and strengthen their partnerships with other hunger-relief organizations in the region.

 

“This was a wonderful opportunity to bring together our partner agencies across Central Virginia and recognize their rather extraordinary accomplishments in the fight against hunger,” said Norm Gold, Chief Operations Officer at FeedMore. “From smaller organizations run solely by volunteers to more sophisticated partner agencies that operate out of a warehouse and have a Board of Directors, each of our partner agencies plays a vital role in the lives of our nearly 200,000 neighbors who struggle with hunger. Our partner agencies’ diverse backgrounds, wealth of experiences and passionate dedication to our mission, and most importantly our community, will help us continue to positively impact our neighbors in their times of need.”

 

In addition to providing attendees with a day filled to the brim with learning, FeedMore also recognized the partner agencies that have gone above and beyond in the fight against hunger with the following awards:


 Categorical Awards
o Food/Fund Drives: Goochland Free Clinic & Family Services
o Program Innovation: Chesterfield Food Bank
o Facility Improvement: Holy Name Church of Jesus, Mecklenburg
o Fresh Food: East District Family Resource Center, Richmond
o Nutrition Education: Pathways Inc., Petersburg
Regional Leadership Awards
o Southwest:
Farmville Area Community Emergency Services, Farmville
o Southeast: Project Restoration, Brunswick
o Southeast: Colonial Heights Food Pantry
o Northeast: Hands Across Middlesex
o Northwest: Louisa County Resource Council
o Richmond: Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Community Services

 

“FeedMore plans to build on the enthusiasm and momentum generated by the Nourishing Communities Together conference,” said Warren Hammonds, Director of Agency and Regional Relations at FeedMore. “We couldn’t carry out our mission without our partner agencies and we are incredibly grateful to have them stand beside us as we work to fight hunger in Central Virginia.”

SMITHFIELD DONATES MORE THAN 25,000 POUNDS OF PROTEIN TO FEEDMORE’S CENTRAL VIRGINIA FOOD BANK

September 9, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – September 9, 2016 – Yesterday, Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes campaign visited Richmond for the 26th stop on the 2016 nationwide hunger-relief tour to donate more than 25,000 pounds of protein to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank. The considerable donation, in celebration of Richmond race weekend, will provide more than 100,000 servings to help FeedMore continue to provide meals to the Central Virginia community, where one in seven people face hunger.

 

Smithfield partnered with Kroger, Richmond International Raceway (RIR), and Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) to present the donation during an event at the Staples Mill Kroger, 9000 Staples Mill Road, Henrico, Va. Speakers discussed the importance of donations like these in Central Virginia, where FeedMore distributes more than 18.6 million meals each year. No. 43 driver Aric Almirola, who has partnered with the Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes program to donate thousands of pounds of protein over recent years, was present to discuss the importance of these donations and to raise awareness about the necessity of providing assistance to our neighbors in need.

 

Helping Hungry Homes, now in its eighth year, is Smithfield’s coast-to-coast tour to help Americans become more food secure. This year, the program will help fight hunger through more than 35 large-scale protein donations to food banks across the United States totaling more than 3.5 million servings. To date, Helping Hungry Homes has provided more than 40 million servings of protein to food banks across America.

 

“We are incredibly thankful for the continued support of our community partners like Smithfield,” said Tim McDermott, chief development officer at FeedMore. “As we work with our network of nearly 300 partner agencies to distribute nutritious food for wholesome meals to our neighbors who struggle with hunger, protein is one of the key components. Smithfield's generous 25,000-pound donation of their products allows us to positively impact our nearly 200,000 neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet and provide healthy meals for their families. We are so very grateful that we can include excellent quality Smithfield foods to support the nutritional needs of our recipients.”

 

"We are thrilled to be a part of the Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes event," said Anne Jenkins, customer communications manager at Kroger Mid-Atlantic. “We are always looking for additional ways that we can positively impact the community, and this event provides a great opportunity to give back to FeedMore in a meaningful way." “At RIR, we are focused on giving back to the community that has supported us for years. That’s why it’s such an honor to be part of this Helping Hungry Homes food donation,” said Dennis Bickmeier, president of Richmond International Raceway. “This donation is a product of three outstanding organizations coming together to help feed people within the local area. I’m very thankful that RIR has the opportunity to partner with Smithfield and Kroger to help do some good in Richmond.”

 

“Smithfield is thrilled to partner with Kroger, RIR, and RPM to present this donation to FeedMore through our Helping Hungry Homes program,” said Dennis Pittman, Smithfield senior director of hunger relief. “We’re proud to support the food bank with this donation of wholesome protein, which will help more than 100,000 of our neighbors suffering from hunger in Central Virginia.” “Richard Petty Motorsports is honored to participate in this donation leading up to Richmond race weekend,” said Almirola. “So many race fans are loyal customers of Smithfield and shop at Kroger, so it’s great to see the two organizations partnering to give back to the communities that support them, and our race team, throughout the year.”

FeedMore Food Bank and Local Food Lion Volunteers to Remodel Harvest Food Pantry

September 8, 2016

What: Local Food Lion Associates will renovate Harvest Food Pantry to bring awareness to Hunger Action Month through the company’s “Great Pantry Makeover” event. FeedMore nominated Harvest Food Pantry to help them continue to end hunger in Goochland, Va., and serve residents throughout the area who struggle with food insecurity.

 

Their story shows how tight knit the philanthropic community is in Virginia, as the original food pantry makeover recipient, Hopewell Food Pantry, gave the donation opportunity to Harvest Food Pantry. After recently receiving a generous donation, Hopewell Food Pantry knew there was a feeding organization who needed Food Lion’s help more.

 

Because of their decision to pay it forward, Hopewell Food Pantry and Harvest Food Pantry will receive a donation of more than 10,000 meals each. Additionally, Harvest Food Pantry will receive a new freezer, electrical upgrades, new paint and flooring at tomorrow’s event. This make over is part of Food Lion Feeds’ “Great Pantry Makeover” campaign where the grocer will remodel and stock the shelves of more than 30 local food pantries in 30 days across its 10-state footprint.

 

Who: Local Food Lion leaders and associates FeedMore Food Bank representatives Harvest Food Pantry representatives

 

When: Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

Where: Harvest Food Pantry 2850 Maidens Road Goochland, Va. 23063

 

 

About Food Lion
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,100 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest, full-shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the community it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. For more information, visit http://www.FoodLion.com.

 

About FeedMore
FeedMore is Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization comprised of programs like Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, the Mobile Pantry and Kid’s Café. Spanning nearly onethird of the state, across 34 counties and cities, FeedMore serves nearly 200,000 individuals in the region’s most vulnerable populations – children, families and seniors. Working together to effectively and efficiently fight hunger, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach and comprehensive programs are dedicated to nourishing the community while empowering lives. For additional information, please visit FeedMore.org, find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

Smithfield Donates More Than 25,000 Pounds of Protein to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank

September 6, 2016

SMITHFIELD DONATES MORE THAN 25,000 POUNDS OF PROTEIN TO FEEDMORE’S CENTRAL VIRGINIA FOOD BANK IN CELEBRATION OF RICHMOND RACE WEEKEND

 

Smithfield Partners with Kroger, Richmond International Raceway, and Richard Petty Motorsports To Provide More Than 100,000 Servings to Central Virginia Communities

 

WHAT: In celebration of the fall Richmond race weekend, Smithfield will donate more than 25,000 pounds of protein to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank as part of the company’s nationwide Helping Hungry Homes tour. This considerable donation, in partnership with Kroger, Richmond International Raceway (RIR), and Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM), will provide more than 100,000 servings to the Central Virginia community, where one in seven people struggle with hunger.

 

No. 43 driver Aric Almirola, who has partnered with Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes program to donate thousands of pounds of protein over recent years, will attend the donation announcement to discuss the importance of these contributions from Smithfield and help raise awareness about the necessity of providing assistance to our neighbors in need.

 

As part of its ongoing Helping Hungry Homes tour, Smithfield is continuing its fight against hunger by making more than 35 large-scale protein donations across the United States in 2016. Throughout the year, the company is donating more than 3.5 million servings of protein to food banks nationwide to help families and individuals suffering from hunger. To date, the program has provided more than 40 million servings of protein to food banks across America.

 

Almirola and representatives from Smithfield, Kroger, RIR, and FeedMore will be available for media interviews following the donation announcement. The No. 43 showcar will also be on display, along with RIR giveaways for guests as part of the celebration.

 

WHEN: Thursday, September 8, 2016 4:00 p.m.

 

WHERE: Kroger 9000 Staples Mill Rd. Henrico, Va. 23228

More Information While the unemployment rate has begun to drop and more jobs are created, millions of Americans still struggle with food insecurity. According to Feeding America, more than 48 million Americans live in food-insecure households. Food assistance organizations across the country report that individuals and families are turning to them for assistance.

 

About Smithfield
A leading provider of high-quality pork products, Smithfield was founded in 1936 in Smithfield, Virginia, establishing the town as the “Ham Capital of the World.” From hand-trimmed bacon and slow-smoked holiday hams to marinated tenderloins, Smithfield brings artistry, authenticity and a commitment to heritage, flavor, and handcrafted excellence to everything it produces. With a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, ribs, and a wide variety of fresh pork cuts, the company services retail, foodservice, and deli channels across the United States and 30 countries abroad. All of Smithfield's products meet the highest quality and safety standards in the industry. To learn more about how Flavor Hails from Smithfield, please visit http://www.Smithfield.com, www.Twitter.com/SmithfieldBrand, and http://www.Facebook.com/CookingWithSmithfield. Smithfield is a brand of Smithfield Foods. 

 

About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $14 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Kretschmar®, Gwaltney®, Curly's®, Margherita®, Carando®, Healthy Ones®, Krakus®, Morliny®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit http://www.smithfieldfoods.com.

 

About Richard Petty Motorsports
A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneur Andrew Murstein, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Aric Almirola and Brian Scott. Almirola will return to the iconic No. 43 Ford with partners Smithfield Foods, STP, United States Air Force and the “Fresh From Florida” campaign. Scott will make his debut with the team and drive the Petty Family No. 44 Ford. Albertsons Companies, Shore Lodge, Twisted Tea and GoBowling.com will join Scott as he competes for Rookie of the Year in his first full-time season in the Sprint Cup Series. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.

 

About The Kroger Co.
The Kroger Mid-Atlantic division operates 121 stores in the region, which includes North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and parts of Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. The Kroger Co., headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, focuses its charitable efforts on supporting hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives and local organizations in the communities it serves. For more information about Kroger, please visit http://www.kroger.com.

 

About Richmond International Raceway
Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers some great racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts two NASCAR Doubleheader weekends, featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series, on a ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout traditionally produces exciting side-by-side racing, yet drivers reach high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit rir.com or call 866-455-7223.

Central Virginia Community to Benefit from Nationwide Foundation Grant to Feeding America

August 9, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore was awarded $25,000 from the Nationwide Foundation to support its hunger-relief efforts in Central Virginia. In FeedMore’s service area, which spans across 34 counties and cities, nearly 200,000 children, families and seniors struggle with hunger.


“We are able to continue to do the work we do because of the support of wonderful organizations like Nationwide,” said Doug Pick, Chief Executive Officer at FeedMore. “This grant will help us continue to positively impact our neighbors in need by distributing healthy meals through our programs and network of more than 300 partner agencies.”


This grant is part of a $1.5 million gift to Feeding America that will help provide more healthy foods to people in need. With this donation, the Nationwide Foundation is investing in 22 food banks, including FeedMore, and supporting national produce sourcing efforts to help ensure safe and efficient produce delivery to food banks and their partner agencies.


FeedMore provides nearly 51,000 meals each day through its programs and network of partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, child and adult day cares and other community organizations. With programs like the Summer Food Service Program, Mobile Pantry and Commodity Supplemental Food Program focused on feeding children, feeding families and feeding seniors, FeedMore is dedicated to providing the region’s most vulnerable populations with one of the most basic necessities: nourishment.


“We’re committed to addressing the most critical needs in the communities where we live and work. Often those needs are the most basic ones, like ensuring that everyone in the community has enough food to live a healthy, productive life,” said Chad Jester, president of the Nationwide Foundation. “That’s why we are proud to partner with FeedMore.”

Wegmans Food Markets Makes Summertime Delivery to FeedMore with 35,498 Pounds of Food

July 19, 2016

RICHMOND, VA – At 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, two tractor trailers from Wegmans Food Markets will deliver 40 pallets of food to FeedMore. The donation of 35,498 pounds of nonperishable food will include pantry staples like cereal, soup, peanut butter, pasta, canned tuna, canned vegetables, baking ingredients, and meal starters and side dishes.


“While donations during the summer months are typically lower, for the food-insecure folks we help, hunger is a year-round issue,” said Doug Pick, FeedMore chief executive officer. “We are thankful for our growing partnership with Wegmans and grateful for their dedication to our mission of providing our region’s vulnerable populations with one of the most basic necessities. We believe that Wegmans will be a tremendous asset to our community for years to come.”

 

When the Wegmans tractor trailers arrive at FeedMore, Short Pump Store Manager Todd Strassner will be on hand along with a team of employees from both the Midlothian and Short Pump locations to help unload the trucks and stock the shelves.
“We’re proud to partner with FeedMore in serving the needs of our new neighbors in Greater Richmond because food banks build healthier communities,” said Strassner. “We recognize that food banks see increased need during the summer months when many children who have access to free or reduced-cost meals at school are home.”


Helping feed the hungry is a community giving priority for the Rochester, N.Y. based supermarket chain. When Wegmans Midlothian opened in May, the store began daily donations of perishable food to FeedMore, including produce, bread and dairy items. Wegmans Short Pump will also begin perishable food donations when it opens on Aug. 7.

 

“One of our values is to make a difference in every community we serve, and it’s a privilege to begin contributing even before the new store opens,” said Strassner.

 

Where: 1415 Rhoadmiller Street in Richmond. Media is welcome to attend.

 

Last year, Wegmans donated 14.5 million pounds of food to area food banks across all of its market areas.

FeedMore Announces Election of New Board Members for 2016-2017

July 6, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore announced it has elected three new members to its Board of Directors. On July 1, Dwight Jones, Darcy Oman and Danny Robinson began their terms on FeedMore’s Board of Directors. FeedMore also re-elected its current officers for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

 

“We are incredibly excited, and very fortunate, to welcome Mr. Jones, Ms. Oman and Mr. Robinson to the FeedMore family,” said Doug Pick, Chief Executive Officer at FeedMore. “Their diverse backgrounds, wealth of experiences and passionate dedication to our community will help us continue on our strategic journey and positively impact our neighbors in need.”

 

FeedMore’s newest board member, Dwight Jones is a seasoned finance executive with close to three decades of experience. A graduate of Howard University and currently with LeClairRyan as the Chief Financial Officer, Jones has a proven track record of significantly improving operational and financial performance and exceeding expectations at a variety of corporate organizations including Mars Incorporated, Black Entertainment Television and MeadWestvaco.

 

Darcy S. Oman has been a fixture in the Richmond community for nearly 30 years. Hired as the first full-time professional staff member for The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia in 1985, Oman served as the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for 30 years and upon her retirement, received the prestigious, and permanent, designation of President Emerita. With a background in higher education and human services, Oman is an active volunteer with various non-profit organizations throughout the Richmond community and has spent significant time lending a helping hand in FeedMore’s Community Kitchen.

 

In his current role as the Senior Vice President/Group Creative Director with The Martin Agency, Danny Robinson is also the co-founder of Vigilante, an innovative Manhattan-based advertising agency that was behind award-winning campaigns for Sprint, Major League Baseball, Pontiac and Snapple. A Hampton University alumnus with a Master of Business Administration from Atlanta University, Robinson is an advertising force to be reckoned with and played an integral role in helping The Martin Agency land the biggest new business win in the company’s history – Walmart.

 

FeedMore also re-elected Charles F. “Chip” Phillips III, Richmond Office Managing Partner at Ernst and Young LLP, Chairperson; Mike C. Morrell, President of Performance Food Service – Virginia, Vice Chairperson; Daniel Scarvey, Partner at KPMG LLP, Treasurer; and Carlos M. Brown, Director of Power Generation Station-Contracted Asset Management at Dominion Virginia Power, Secretary. For a full list of FeedMore’s current Board of Directors, please visit FeedMore.org.
 

FeedMore Receives $2,500 Grant from Meals on Wheels America for Pet Program

June 24, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – Knowing that seniors with pets are 36 percent less likely to report loneliness and have 21 percent fewer doctor visits*, FeedMore is proud to announce that it has received a $2,500 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its Meals for Pets program. Funding will be used to help FeedMore provide food, supplies and care for the homebound seniors and disabled neighbors with pets – all of which can be financially and physically burdensome.

 

“For many of our Meals on Wheels recipeints, their pets are a member of their family and provide them with companionship, while helping reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness,” said Katie Jantzi, Director of Meals on Wheels and Senior Nutrition Programs at FeedMore. “This grant will help provide more than 4,700 pounds of dog and cat food to around 305 pets this year, allowing us to us to continue to deliver more than a meal to our recipients and their four-legged companions.”

 

In total, Meals on Wheels America has granted $300,000 to 162 local Meals on Wheels programs through the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative this year. Funding is made possible in part through a donation from Banfield Charitable Trust (BCT), who in October of 2015, handed over all funding and grants administration responsibilities for their popular Pet Assistance Grant Program to Meals on Wheels America. To date, the grant program has distributed more than $2.1 million in funding and pet food donations to over 300 local Meals on Wheels programs across the nation.

 

“The Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative is just another way that Meals on Wheels can deliver so much more than just a meal,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “Through grant funding, educational opportunities and in-kind donations for our member programs, we hope to grow current pet programs and help those looking to start new ones.” 

FeedMore’s Summer Food Service Program Helps Fight Summer Hunger

June 16, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will once again be providing free breakfast and lunch meals to thousands of children this summer across greater Richmond. Created to ensure that children of low-income households continue to receive meals during the summer when school is not in session, FeedMore’s SFSP provides well-balanced meals during the week to children 18 and under.


“Our continued participation in the Summer Food Service Program allows us to provide thousands of healthy meals to at-risk children,” said Margaret Woods, Senior Director of Programs at FeedMore. “This program helps ensure our region’s children grow and develop with the nutrition they need to be successful when the next school year begins in the fall.”

 

The SFSP meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children. Last summer, FeedMore provided over 135,864 breakfast and lunch meals to more than 3,000 children.

 

For more information on FeedMore’s SFSP and to see the complete list of FeedMore’s open and closed/enrolled Summer Food Service Program sites, please visit FeedMore.org/childrens-programs. Please note that this list is updated several times throughout the summer.



 

FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels Awarded $25,000 Grant from the Walmart Foundation

May 24, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore announced that it recently received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. Part of the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program, this grant will help FeedMore continue to provide nutritious, cooked-from-scratch meals for homebound seniors and disabled individuals throughout Central Virginia.

 

“We are dedicated to providing our Meals on Wheels recipients with healthy, nutrient-rich, homecooked meals,” said Katie Jantzi, Director of Meals on Wheels and Senior Nutrition Programs at FeedMore. “Good nutrition is vital to our homebound senior’s health and our 14 different therapeutic diets help ensure the seniors we serve eat better and most importantly, feel better.”

 

Since the program began in 1967, when it served just eight clients, FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels has grown significantly and currently serves approximately 700 homebound seniors and disabled individuals across 14 cities and counties every day. In addition to the nutritious meal deliveries, FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program extends far beyond the meal, providing recipients with daily social interactions, safety checks and more.

 

With the help of FeedMore’s dedicated Meals on Wheels volunteers, each meal delivery helps reduce isolation, reassures and comforts families who live far from loved ones and keeps homebound seniors and disabled individuals independent and in their own homes for as long as possible. “Through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, we are able to assist wonderful organizations like FeedMore and give back to the communities where we serve,” said Brooke Mueller, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs at Walmart. “We are delighted to support FeedMore and their Meals on Wheels program which helps bring nutritious, healthy meals to homebound seniors and disabled individuals in Central Virginia.”

 

For more information on FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program, please visit FeedMore.org

First Commodity Supplemental Food Program Boxes Distributed in Virginia

May 11, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore recently held the first Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) distribution in the state of Virginia. A food assistance program that is focused on low-income seniors at least 60 years of age who are at risk of malnutrition, CSFP provides these individuals with wholesome food while helping them stretch their food budget.

 

Working in partnership with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), FeedMore distributed the CSFP boxes to approximately 30 seniors at the Sycamore Towers in Petersburg. With the supplemental food boxes including a variety of nutritious food items including canned salmon, peanut butter, oatmeal, canned fruits and vegetables and cereal the recipients also received educational materials with nutritional information and recipes.

 

“We know that there is a real need throughout the state, especially with our aging senior population,” said Seth Benton, Food Distribution Manager at VDACS. “The issue of hunger in this population is getting bigger and this program allows us to fill this gap and help more low-income seniors across Virginia.” In addition to providing low-income seniors with access to wholesome food and helping improve their overall health, the monthly CSFP distributions are something these individuals can count on and in many cases look forward to. “I have a lot of folks here who don’t drive or have access to a vehicle and they rely on the local food banks for help,” said Stephenia Johnson, Housing Manager at Sycamore Towers. “This program provides them with a connection to the outside world and helps them get good, nutritious food that they might not otherwise have.”

 

FeedMore is one of two food banks in the state of Virginia that is involved in the CSFP pilot program. Sycamore Towers was the first site to be selected and additional sites will be selected by FeedMore during the next 12 months as the program develops. For more information on or to learn more about FeedMore’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program, please contact 804-521-2500.
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Service Enterprise Designation Recognizes FeedMore’s Volunteer Engagement

May 10, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore recently announced that it has been certified as a Service Enterprise by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. This prestigious designation recognizes FeedMore as an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on its social mission.

 

“Less than 15 percent of non-profits nationwide can be characterized as Service Enterprises,” said Marycatherine Savage, Chief Human Resource Officer at FeedMore. “This is a significant and noteworthy accomplishment.”

 

To be certified as a Service Enterprise, FeedMore had to demonstrate that it is a high-performing organization that has thoroughly integrated volunteers into its strategic plan and organizational infrastructure. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, FeedMore is now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers.

 

FeedMore is also well positioned and equipped to engage volunteers and their skills to more effectively and efficiently deliver on its mission of fighting hunger in Central Virginia. Additionally, volunteers are deeply integrated into FeedMore’s strategic plan and have a well-developed human capital strategy, enabling FeedMore to maximize resources to build the capacity necessary to maintain and increase services to the community.
“This allows us to reduce costs and increase efficiency and effectiveness in delivering on our promises to all our constituencies,” said Savage. “Our engagement of volunteers makes us more adaptable and ensures the sustainability of our current and future programs.”
For more information on volunteer opportunities with FeedMore, please visit FeedMore.org/volunteer.

Food Lion Feeds Donates 10,000 Meals to Jump-start the Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food

May 10, 2016

What: Food Lion Feeds will partner with FeedMore and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to help jump-start the annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive by donating 10,000 meals to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank in celebration of the start of the campaign. The donation is intended to help FeedMore and the NALC inspire local residents to donate to the campaign on Saturday, May 14. To participate, residents simply fill the bags provided to them by the NALC and leave the food out for the carriers to pick up on Saturday, May 14.

 

 

Who: Food Lion Director of Operations for Richmond Frankie Marshburn & local associates FeedMore Chief Development Officer Tim McDermott Local NALC representatives

 

 

When: Thursday, May 12, 2016 10 a.m.

 

 

Where: 1415 Rhoadmiller St. Richmond, Va. 23220

 

 

Quotes: "Food Lion Feeds is proud to support the Stamp Out Hunger campaign in Richmond," said Frankie Marshburn, Food Lion's director of operations for the Richmond area. "By donating the first 10,000 meals, we hope our customers in the Richmond community will help us support the campaign by leaving bags of non-perishable items out by their mailboxes for our local postal workers to collect tomorrow. At Food Lion, we believe no one should have to choose between dinner and rent or gasoline and buying groceries. We truly believe campaigns like Stamp Out Hunger make a lasting impact to help eliminate these tough choices for those struggling with hunger here in our community." “The amount of nonperishable items collected during the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is quite remarkable and so very needed, especially as we enter the summer months where historically food donations are a bit lower,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore. “In addition to helping us keep the shelves of our Distribution Center stocked, this annual food drive also provides individuals across our community with the opportunity to join the fight against hunger without even leaving their home.” “As letter carriers, we are honored to be able to help people in need,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “On a daily basis we see the struggles in the communities we serve, and we believe it’s important to do what we can to help.”

FeedMore Awards Grants to Help Two Local Organizations’ Gardens Grow

April 18, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore recently announced that it has awarded a $2,500 grant to both Peter Paul Development Center and Groundwork RVA. The first-time grant was created to empower low-income communities through garden education. “Peter Paul Development Center and Groundwork RVA demonstrated a variety of approaches on how they are actively using gardens as a learning tool and successful method of engaging with their low-income clients,” said Erin Lingo, Agency and Regional Relations Manager at FeedMore. “The clarity of vision of both organizations and their focus on using their gardens for nutrition education and empowerment really stood out and were quite impressive.”

 

Open to FeedMore partner and non-partner agencies, the two-week grant period garnered more than 15 proposals from a variety of organizations, big and small, across greater Richmond. Peter Paul Development Center (PPDC), a partner agency of FeedMore and one of the longest continuously operating community centers in Church Hill, provides a wide range of services to the East End of Richmond. This grant from FeedMore will provide funding for an educator for PPDC’s eight-week Summer Promise program, where students learn how to grow, prepare and eat fresh, healthy food. The program also provides students with lessons on native bees and bee keeping, along with composting and other nature studies.


Focused on creating green infrastructure in Richmond’s urban neighborhoods, Groundwork RVA is dedicated to transforming the physical environment and community spirit in the River City’s underserved areas. Funding from the FeedMore grant will go towards Groundwork RVA’s collaborative garden project Farmstrong, a 1.4-acre plot that provides students and the adjacent Fairfield Court community with fruits and vegetables. With plans to continue to cultivate excitement about urban farming, Groundwork RVA empowers students to grow a culture of pride, healthy eating and foster a deeper connection with the environment.


“We’re hopeful that as this grant program continues, we’ll be able to provide more community gardens with the funds needed to flourish and provide their communities with fresh, healthy produce,” said Lingo.
 

‘Hoos win 12th Annual Hokies vs.’Hoos Food Fight presented by MARTIN’S

March 23, 2016

Richmond – A “fierce but friendly rivalry” is the driving force behind one of FeedMore’s most successful food-and-fundraisers: The Hokies vs. ‘Hoos Food Fight presented by MARTIN’S. Now in it’s twelfth year, the Food Fight pits alumni and friends of Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia against each other to see which team can raise the most food and funds for FeedMore.

 

The UVA Club of Richmond and the Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association coordinate the competition, which the Hokies won the past three years. The ‘Hoos fought back this year, though, holding a lead through the entire 3-week long competition that is as much a battle against hunger in Central Virginia as a battle between the two teams.

 

The final score of the 2016 Food Fight: ‘Hoos: 43,123 points; Hokies: 40,964 points.

 

“The ‘Hoos came out swinging this year, really pushing online and in-store donations as well donations at our basketball game watching parties,” said Katherine Keogh, Cavs Care co-chair for the UVA Club of Richmond. “It’s been moving to see such ongoing support for FeedMore among both fan bases, and it’s especially sweet for the ‘Hoos to get the win this year.” The series is now tied at 6-6.

 

Each $1 donated is worth 5 points, while nonperishable food items are worth one point. Donations were collected online at hokiesvshoos.com as well as in local MARTIN’S stores. The Food Fight’s title sponsor, MARTIN’S collected $3,863.15 in monetary donations at cash registers as well as 17,707 food items in local stores. The Laburnum MARTIN’S store, led by manager Kristy Monk, collected 3,234 food items – more than any other store. For that reason, it was selected as the location for the final score announcement on Wednesday.

 

One component of the competition that was missing this year: the Food Fight’s volunteer event at FeedMore. A tornado warning threatened Richmond the evening the event was scheduled, causing the building to evacuate. The Hokies and ‘Hoos could’ve earned 150 points each by helping pack bags for FeedMore’s weekend BackPack program, which provides chronically hungry children with nutritious, easy-to-prepare meals so these young boys and girls have food over the weekend and return to school on Monday ready to learn.

 

“Volunteering at FeedMore is a chance for the ‘Hoos and Hokies to work together and see how our efforts benefit the community, so we were very disappointed the event was cancelled, but look forward to lending a helping hand at FeedMore sometime soon,” said Vernon Wildy, Jr., who coordinates the Food Fight for the Hokies. The UVA Club of Richmond and the Virginia Tech Alumni Association are working with FeedMore to schedule another volunteer event this spring.

 

James River High school has long been a powerhouse in the Food Fight’s competition among local high schools that collect donations. This year James River students, teachers and administration collected more than ever: $1470 in monetary donations and 7,538 food items. The Hokies and ‘Hoos are so grateful for the support at the high school level, and the extraordinary efforts of James River High School in particular. Education is an underlying theme of the Food Fight, an initiative that aims to make a difference in the lives of schoolchildren in need of nutrition to stay focused in the classroom.

 

“What makes our community of supporters special and truly unique is the fact that two intense rivals come together to make an impact and help the greater good,” says Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore and proud Hokie. “We are humbled by the support of University of Virginia and Virginia Tech alumni throughout our region over the past twelve years and are very thankful for their continuing dedication to our mission.”

March for Meals Community Champions Week

March 21, 2016

Richmond Community Comes Together for Community Champions Week

 

RICHMOND, Va. – During the month-long celebration that is March for Meals, Central Virginians join forces to support the thousands of seniors struggling with hunger and isolation in the region. And starting today, local elected officials, media personalities and associates from Food Lion, as part of the Food Lion Feeds program, will lend a helping hand with FeedMore's Meals on Wheels program to celebrate March for Meals Community Champions Week.

 

“What’s great about March for Meals is everyone in our community is involved,” said Doug Pick, Chief Executive Officer at FeedMore. “By volunteering, donating or speaking out, we help ensure our homebound seniors live a more healthy, happy and independent life at home, where they want to be.”

 

Throughout the week, FeedMore will enlist the help of the prominent figures throughout the community to help deliver meals and assist with other Meals on Wheels volunteer activities. Sponsored by Food Lion Feeds, who is donating food, funds and time, March for Meals Community Champions Week helps build support that will enable FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program to continue delivering nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to Central Virginia’s homebound seniors all year long. "We're honored to partner with FeedMore on this hunger-relief initiative in the Richmond community," said Christy Phillips-Brown, Director of External Communications and Community Relations at Food Lion. "Our commitment is to help end hunger in the communities we serve through food donations, associate volunteerism and advocacy, as we have committed to donating 500 million meals by the end of 2020. This program enables us to help nourish those in our community who may not have a warm meal, while providing our associates an opportunity to help their neighbors in need."

 

For more information on how to volunteer or contribute to help the homebound seniors in the community, please visit FeedMore.org/march-for-meals. For additional information on Community Champions Week daily schedules and appearances, please contact Jessica Howe.
 

Fill Your Night with Purpose at FeedMore’s Zest Fest Gala

February 23, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – Zest Fest, FeedMore’s annual gala, will take place this Saturday, February 27 from 6-10 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. All proceeds from the evening will benefit FeedMore’s comprehensive hunger-relief programs, including the weekend BackPack program, Mobile Pantry and Meals on Wheels.


“Zest Fest is a time to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of our wonderful community of supporters,” said Doug Pick, Chief Executive Officer at FeedMore. “It also helps us raise awareness about the serious issue of hunger in Central Virginia, while providing our guests with the opportunity to further extend a helping hand and positively impact the children, families and seniors in our community who need it most.”

 

During Zest Fest, guests will be able to experience delectable small plates from the region’s top chefs, along with a variety of exceptional blends and vintages from Virginia’s finest wineries and craft beers from breweries across the Commonwealth. Additionally, there will be chances to win exciting trips and opportunities to bid on unique items in live and silent auctions.

 

This unforgettable night filled with purpose has been made possible in part by Page Auto Group, presenting sponsor of the 16th annual Zest Fest Gala. “We remain committed to FeedMore’s mission of fighting hunger in our community,” said Larry Page, owner of the Page Auto Group. “The funds raised during this evening will make a real and lasting impact in the lives of our neighbors in need.”

 

There are still a limited number of tickets available for Saturday’s event and ticket sales will remain open through Wednesday, February 24. For more information on FeedMore’s Zest Fest 2016 or to purchase tickets, please visit FeedMore.org/ZestFest.

‘Twas the Week Before Christmas, When All Through FeedMore…

December 18, 2015

There is a certain kind of magic that happens during the holidays. Lights are strung, homes are decorated, families gather to celebrate the season and the spirit of giving comes alive. For FeedMore, we experience the joy of the holiday season in ways many simply can’t imagine, as we receive an array of gifts to support those in our community who need it most.

 

“During the holidays, we experience an extraordinary outpouring of support that allows us to feed more of our neighbors in need,” said Doug Pick, Chief Executive Officer at FeedMore. “From the giving of time, a food donation or a financial gift, we continue to be impressed, and humbled, by our community’s commitment to our mission.”

 

And with Christmas just a short week away, FeedMore invites you to experience the holiday season that we know and love. Starting Monday, FeedMore will be celebrating a week filled to the brim with do gooders, impact makers and heartwarming stories. Each morning on the week of Christmas, you’ll get specific locations, times and details of a very special event of the day, allowing you to experience the holiday season from FeedMore’s perspective and see its programs in action throughout our community.


Here’s a sneak peak:

 

 Monday, December 21: Austin Smoyer, a six-year-old from Chesterfield will be pulling his red wagons up to FeedMore to drop off the donations he collected from his third annual food drive. Featured on the Rachel Ray Show last week, his mom describes him as “a man on a mission to feed the region’s hungry.”

 

 Tuesday, December 22: 2015 Richmond Christmas Mother Katherine Wintsch will be lending a helping hand at a Mobile Pantry distribution. FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry is committed to providing individuals who live in food deserts with well-balanced meals. With a very special grant from the Richmond Christmas Mother fund, we will be providing these folks with a special holiday meal.

 

 Wednesday, December 23: Kroger will be making a special holiday donation at a local Kids Cafe site that will help children and families throughout our community.

 

 Thursday, December 24: We’re still open for business and accepting donations, so come check out what goes on behind the scenes at FeedMore before the holidays. It’s one of the busiest times of the year for us!

 

We encourage you to come see what the #FeedMoreHoliday season is all about. Don’t forget to check your inbox each morning next week for times, locations and details!

Christmas Mother Awards FeedMore $27,000 Grant for Hungry Neighbors in Need with a Holiday Meal

November 18, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. – On Wednesday, November 18, the Richmond Christmas Mother Fund announced that it has awarded a $27,000 grant to FeedMore to provide meals to 2,000 Richmond families during the Christmas season. The meals will be distributed throughout greater Richmond in December through FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry program, which takes food directly to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy and affordable food. 

 

“To say we are honored to receive this grant is an understatement. We are thrilled to be one of the recipients of this amazing and wonderful gift,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore. “This support allows us to further extend our impact during our Mobile Pantry distributions, while helping to make this Christmas season extra special and memorable for the families we serve.” 

 

The donation makes FeedMore the second largest beneficiary of the Richmond Christmas Mother Fund. The Salvation Army Central Virginia received $150,000 from the fund in June. In addition, 60 local non-profit groups will receive $116,700 this holiday season as part of a yearly grant program administered by the Richmond Christmas Mother Committee and The Community Foundation of Richmond. 

 

“Celebrating the 81st year of the Richmond Christmas Mother program, we are so very happy to continue the tradition of brightening the holidays for our neighbors in need,” said Thomas A. Silvestri, chairman of the Richmond Christmas Mother committee and the publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “This unprecedented partnership with FeedMore and the addition of a meals component to the Richmond Christmas Mother allows us to reach more people in even more meaningful ways.” 

 

FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry program distributes approximately 92,000 pounds of food monthly to communities or areas where there is a need for more food. With 20 distribution locations in unserved or underserved areas throughout Central Virginia, the Mobile Pantry is committed to providing families with a variety of perishable and non-perishable food items for well-balanced meals. 

 

“Every family in Richmond deserves to have a delicious meal their family can gather around during the holiday season,” said Katherine Wintsch, the 2015 Richmond Christmas Mother. “To be able to give 2,000 families in RVA this gift is meaningful beyond words.” 

 

FeedMore is Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization comprised of the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and the Community Kitchen. Spanning nearly one-third of the state, across 34 counties and cities, FeedMore serves more than 200,000 individuals in the region’s most vulnerable populations – children, families and seniors.

 

 Working together to efficiently and effectively fight hunger, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach and comprehensive programs are dedicated to nourishing the community while empowering lives. For additional information, please visit FeedMore.org, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. 

 

 The Richmond Christmas Mother Fund seeks to support those in need in Central Virginia during the holiday season by helping to provide food and holiday meals, toys, gifts, clothing, and transportation to holiday events. 

 

The community effort is coordinated by the Richmond Times-Dispatch's five-person Richmond Christmas Mother Committee, a non-profit organization. The Richmond Christmas Mother Fund started in 1935, evolving out of the Richmond News Leader’s Empty Stocking Fund and the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Good Fellow Club. To date, the Richmond Christmas Mother Fund has raised more than $7.5 million. For additional information on the Richmond Christmas Mother Fund, please visit us here or on Facebook. 

Richmond Christmas Mother to Make a Special Announcement for the 2015 Holiday Season

November 17, 2015

What: The Richmond Christmas Mother makes an unprecedented announcement for the 81st year of the program.

 

Who: Representatives from FeedMore and the 2015 Richmond Christmas Mother board, along with Richmond Christmas Mother, Katherine Wintsch and will be available for interviews and photo opportunities.

 

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 3:00 p.m.; arrival and setup at 2:45 p.m.

 

Where: The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Lobby 300 East Franklin Street Richmond, VA 23219

 

About FeedMore

FeedMore is Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization comprised of programs targeting the region’s most vulnerable populations – children, families and seniors. With programs including the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, and the Community Kitchen, FeedMore’s efforts span nearly one-third of the state, across 34 counties and cities, serving more than 200,000 individuals. Working together to efficiently and effectively fight hunger, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach and comprehensive programs are dedicated to nourishing the community while empowering lives.

 

For additional information, please visit FeedMore.org, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. About Richmond Christmas Mother Fund The Richmond Christmas Mother Fund seeks to support those in need in Central Virginia during the holiday season by helping to provide food and holiday meals, toys, gifts, clothing, and transportation to holiday events.

Martin’s Food Markets “Feeding Our Neighbors Everyday” Campaign To Donate Turkeys To FeedMore

November 12, 2015

WHO: MARTIN’S Food Markets FeedMore

 

WHAT: To ensure more families in Central Virginia are able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal, MARTIN’S Food Markets “Feeding Our Neighbors Everyday” campaign will donate 1,000 turkeys to FeedMore. In addition MARTIN’S will provide a monetary donation to help feed the hungry after the holidays.

 

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m.

 

WHERE: MARTIN’S Food Markets 200 Charter Colony Parkway Midlothian, VA

 

As part of MARTIN’S “Feeding Our Neighbors Everyday” campaign, it will be donating turkeys and cash to seven regional food banks and local hunger organizations throughout Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland for Thanksgiving.

Perdue Donates More Than 5,000 Chicken Roasters for Mobile Pantry Program

November 2, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. – On Thursday, October 29, FeedMore received 5,130 chicken roasters from Perdue. The chickens, which weighed in at more than 43,600 pounds, will be distributed in December through FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry program, which delivers food each month to people in the communities where they live, improving their access to healthy, nutritious food.

 

“Our longstanding partnership with Perdue is a great example of collaboration in our community for the greater good,” said Norm Gold, Chief Operations Officer at FeedMore. “Their commitment to fight hunger in Central Virginia continues to make a significant impact on the folks who need it most and their generosity with this recent donation is going to do a world of good for neighbors in food deserts who don’t have access to healthy, fresh food.”

 

FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry program distributes approximately 92,000 pounds of food monthly to communities or areas where there is a need for more food. With 25 distribution locations in unserved or underserved areas throughout Central Virginia, the Mobile Pantry is committed to providing families with a variety of perishable and non-perishable food items for well-balanced meals.

 

“At Perdue, we believe that no one should go hungry. That’s why we’ve made fighting hunger a top priority year-round in partnership with Feeding America and across the footprint of our company,” said Sam Rascona, Facility Manager at the company’s Mid-Atlantic Replenishment Center in Prince George County, Va. “We hope this donation will be especially helpful for those in need.”

 

Perdue has a commitment to provide Feeding America® — the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization — with a minimum two million pounds of protein annually, which is equivalent to eight million meals a year. Over the past 16 years, Perdue Farms has donated more than 46 million pounds of poultry products nationwide to Feeding America, with an average donation of 1 million to 1.5 million pounds of fresh chicken to FeedMore. FeedMore is one of 200 member Feeding America® food banks, which serves every county in the United States and provides over 3 billion meals each year to Americans in need.

Local Food Lion Associates To Remodel Local Food Pantry

September 28, 2015

Local Food Lion Associates To Remodel Local Food Pantry as Part of Food Lion's "The Great Pantry Makeover" and Hunger Action Month

 

What: Local Food Lion associates will refurbish St. Matthias’ Episcopal Food Pantry as part of the company's "The Great Pantry Makeover" event. FeedMore nominated St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church for The Great Pantry Makeover. During the month of September, Hunger Action Month, Food Lion will remodel and stock more than 30 pantries across its markets. The St. Matthias Episcopal Pantry makeover is part of a month-long service event supporting a national movement to bring awareness and action to end hunger in our communities.

 

Who: Representatives from FeedMore, St. Matthias and Food Lion will be available for interviews and photo opportunities.

 

When: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 10 a.m.

 

Where: St. Matthias Episcopal Food Pantry
11300 Huguenot Road
Midlothian, Virginia 23113

FeedMore Receives $23,500 Grant from BJ’s Charitable Foundation

September 9, 2015

Richmond, VA (September 9, 2015) – FeedMore has been awarded a $23,500 grant from BJ’s Charitable Foundation to support agency capacity building and provide more meals for Central Virginians in need. After helping to expand capacity in 2014 for more than 400 feeding pantries and programs that resulted in over 10 million more pounds of food being donated, BJ’s Charitable Foundation will invest additional funding this year to further prevent a bottleneck in the supply chain for food distribution to Americans facing hunger.

 

This will be the second agency capacity building grant awarded to the FeedMore, which works with local agencies (food pantries, shelters and meal programs) that help distribute groceries and meals to the 1 in 7 residents who struggle with hunger. Those same local hunger agencies, however, are often limited by a lack of equipment to move donations and provide safe storage for perishable items. Many agencies also encounter limited staff availability and training to support more high-functioning operations. The BJ’s Charitable Foundation grant will help those local agencies safely pick up more donated product from local supporters and distribute more perishable foods to community members in need – a crucial component in the fight to solve hunger.

 

“We collaborate with our more than 300 partner agencies to get food to our neighbors in need on a daily basis,” said Doug Pick, Chief Executive Officer of FeedMore. “With this grant from BJ’s Charitable Foundation, we are able to continue to address what we can do to help enable these organizations to be more efficient and effective, and in turn help more people facing hunger.”

 

BJ’s Wholesale Clubs has supported the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks since 2011. Each of their 208 clubs has contributed perishable food totaling nearly 35 million pounds, which is the equivalent of 28 million meals.

 

“At BJ’s, we’re always looking for new ways to partner with food banks and local organizations to help solve hunger in our communities,” said Artie Espenshade, Assistant Vice President of Regional Operations at BJ's Wholesale Club. “Through this grant, equipment from refrigerated vehicles to coolers as well as food safety training and other costs related to agency success will result in more nutritious food getting to the people who need it most.”

Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation Donates $100,000 to Feeding America to Help Alleviate Hunger

September 4, 2015

Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation Donates $100,000 to Feeding America to Help Alleviate Hunger through Kid's Cafe Grants

 

Nine Food Banks to Receive Critical Funding for Programs Providing Children with Nutritious Food and Education

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation has announced its continued commitment to Feeding America’s Kid's Cafe® program in 2015. The grocer's foundation board approved 133 grants for feeding programs in Food Lion’s footprint, with  a $100,000 donation to Feeding America and nine member food banks. These grants enrich the lives of children by being directed specifically to the Kid's Cafe program, which provides nutritional food and nutrition education.

 

Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation's Kid's Cafe program contribution is used to support children who are at risk of hunger, and supports the company's belief that no one should ever have to choose between paying their mortgage or rent and buying groceries or foregoing a meal themselves to feed their children.

 

The foundation understands the devastation of hunger throughout its community, and recognizes the tremendous impact hunger has on children's education and future when they are struggling with lack of food. The nine Feeding America member food banks take an engaging and innovative approach to provide children with the resources they need to learn and stay healthy. They also provide exceptional support to families throughout the community who are struggling with food insecurity. 

 

“As kids head back to school this season they have a lot of things to worry about. Having enough to eat shouldn't be one of them,” said Matt Knott, president of Feeding America. “We are thankful to Food Lion, and its donation of $100,000 to support Kids Cafe programs, which help to provide nutrient-rich food to children facing hunger.”

 

The grant recipients are: Blue Ridge Food Bank (Verona, Va.), FeedMore (Richmond, Va.), Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (Raleigh, N.C.), Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia (Norfolk, Va.), Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula (Hampton, Va.), Harvest Hope Food Bank (Columbia, S.C.), Lowcountry Food Bank (Charleston, S.C.), Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (Charlotte, N.C.), Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina (Winston-Salem, N.C.) Feeding America National Office (Chicago, Ill.).

 

About Food Lion

Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,100 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves.
Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group. For more information, visitwww.foodlion.com

 

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that 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. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Help Fight Hunger in Central Virginia by Joining Hunger Action Month

September 1, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore, a member of the Feeding America® nationwide network of food banks, will observe September as Hunger Action MonthTM – a nationwide initiative designed to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger and join the movement to help end hunger. Hunger advocates from across Central Virginia and the country are working together this month to shine a light on the issue of hunger and the 1 in 6 people who face hunger in America – including 207,000 individuals right here in our community.

 

“Hunger is a real issue in our community and unfortunately, more of our neighbors are struggling with hunger than ever before,” said Doug Pick, Chief Executive Officer of FeedMore. “However, there is hope and it’s up to us. September is an opportunity for all hunger-relief advocates to unite and take simple steps towards supporting our neighbors in need. This month-long collaboration will drive our community towards making a significant impact in the lives of hungry children, families and seniors across Central Virginia.”

 

To kick off Hunger Action Month, FeedMore will commemorate Hunger Action Day® on Thursday, September 3. An opportunity for Central Virginians to learn more about how hunger affects their community, on September 3 individuals are encouraged to “Go Orange” to show their support for Hunger Action Month. From wearing an orange tie, donning an orange accessory, dressing in orange from head-to-toe or joining the “Go Orange” movement virtually on social networks, this seemingly insignificant act provides the opportunity for people across the community, and country, to unify and raise awareness about the seriousness of hunger.

 

“Domestic hunger affects every community in our nation, preventing millions of families, seniors and children from thriving,” said Matt Knott, President of Feeding America. “This September we all are given a chance to come together and make a difference for those facing hunger."

 

FeedMore is providing several opportunities for the community to get involved in Hunger Action Month in Central Virginia. For additional information and to learn more about FeedMore’s Hunger Action Month efforts please visit, www.FeedMore.org/HungerActionMonth.

 

FeedMore is one of 200 member Feeding America food banks, which serves every county in the United States and provides over 3 billion meals each year to Americans in need. For more details on Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month please visit www.hungeractionmonth.org.

FeedMore Receives $8,600 Grant from The UPS Foundation

August 20, 2015

FeedMore recently received an $8,600 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic efforts for UPS. The grant will be used towards supporting the cost of packaging meals for FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program.

“We are extremely grateful for the continued support of the community and corporate partners like The UPS Foundation,” said Mary Penet, Director of Senior Feeding for FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program. “In addition to providing reliable, nutritious meals to the folks who need it most, we have also been able to reduce isolation and provide our clients with that important safety check that makes what we do extend far beyond a meal.”

Since the program began in 1967, when it served just eight clients, FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels has grown significantly and today serves an average of 700 clients across 14 localities throughout Central Virginia. Providing more than 295,000 meals annually to 1,532 homebound individuals who have no reliable means for maintaining a healthy diet, FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program caters to 14 different therapeutic diets based on specific client’s needs.

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program’s effort to provide nutritious meals to homebound individuals,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

FeedMore Receives $500 for Participation in Meals on Wheels America’s 2015 March for Meals

July 2, 2015

Richmond, VA, July 2, 2015 – FeedMore is proud to announce that it has received a $500 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in the 13th Annual March for Meals campaign. This year’s grants were made possible through the generosity of Subaru of America, Inc. and its seventh annual “Share the Love” event. During the event, Subaru donated $250 to the owner’s choice of participating charities for every new vehicle purchased or leased.

 

In total, $370,250 is being granted to 258 local Meals on Wheels programs and two Meals on Wheels America-affiliated State Associations based on their March for Meals efforts. FeedMore will use its grant to support the Meals on Wheels home delivery program. Last year, FeedMore delivered over 350,000 meals to 1,600 homebound neighbors in our community.

 

“The March for Meals grant program is our way of recognizing local programs for bolstering the dynamic and effective partnership between Meals on Wheels and the businesses, organizations, governments and volunteers who provide critical support within their communities,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “In addition to mobilizing nearly 400 local Meals on Wheels celebrations across the country, we commemorated the month by releasing the findings of a groundbreaking research study proving that Meals on Wheels delivers so much more than just a meal.”

 

The annual March for Meals campaign is an effort led by Meals on Wheels America to present opportunities for volunteers, businesses and governments to support seniors in a variety of ways that make communities stronger, safer and healthier. For more information, visit marchformeals.com.

FeedMore Announces 2015 Summer Food Service Sites

June 18, 2015

FeedMore is once again participating in USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, beginning on June 22, 2015 at over 50 sites throughout Central Virginia.
These meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation or disability. There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

 

“As many area children look forward to summer, those that struggle with hunger issues may wonder where they will turn to find the breakfast and lunch that they’ve relied on during the school year,” said Hope Kestle, FeedMore’s children’s program manager. “FeedMore is proud to once again offer a Summer Food Service Program and will provide thousands of meals to at-risk children, ensuring that this region’s children grow and develop with the nutrition they need to be successful when the next school year begins in the fall.”

 

Last year, FeedMore provided over 134,000 meals through its Summer Food Service Program. Please visit FeedMore.org/childrens-programs for the complete list of FeedMore’s open and closed/enrolled 2015 Summer Food Service sites and meal times. This list is updated several times throughout the summer.

 

To file a complaint of discrimination, write or call: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
 


 

Tyson Foods and Performance Foodservice - VA. Donates 39,200 Pounds of Chicken to FeedMore

June 5, 2015


RICHMOND, Virginia – June 4, 2015 – Tyson Foods, Inc. and Performance Foodservice - Virginia teamed up to continue their efforts to fight hunger with a donation of 39,200 pounds of chicken to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Foodbank in Richmond, Virginia.
The donation arrived at the food bank at 8:00 a.m. Representatives from Tyson Foods, Performance Foodservice, and the CEO of FeedMore were present to help deliver the chicken. “We’re proud to try to do our part to help great partners like the FeedMore Food Bank, which works on the front lines every day to end hunger,” said Jeff Wood, director of community relations. “Too many Virginians and Americans are food insecure, and although the problem is complex, the answer starts with getting involved. It’s our privilege to help.”

 

FeedMore is a hunger-relief leader, created in 2008, made up of the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia, and the Community Kitchen. FeedMore provides hunger relief to over 200,000 children, families, and seniors with the mission “to fight hunger in Central Virginia.”

 

Since 2000 Tyson Foods has donated 99 million pounds of protein in the United States. Meat and poultry are nutrient dense foods, according to health experts, and can be especially important to individuals needing more protein, including children, pregnant women, and the elderly. According to food banks nationwide, meat and poultry are the most requested and least available foods.
Tyson Foods’ current “KNOW Hunger” campaign is focused on helping more people understand and join the effort to eliminate hunger in America. The company also partners with Share Our Strength, Lift Up America, and Feeding America to raise awareness and help feed the hungry across the nation.


 

Four teens go on a food shopping spree with Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe

February 23, 2015

     Four teens went on a food shopping spree with Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe at Walmart on Feb. 19 and then donated the food to FeedMore.

     Searching the Walmart shelves for low-sodium beans, peanut butter, water-based tuna and canned fruit in juice, the affable First Lady worked closely with the four teens, who are also Virginia Senate Pages. The teens who went on the $500 shopping spree were Raegan Johnson of Hampton, Claire Melton of Bristol, Steven Williams Jr. of Charles City and Liana Keesing of McLean. This was the Pages’ community service project, said Bladen Finch, Senate Page Program director. They donated 829 pounds of food and an additional $5,485.

     “I’m really excited that they are thinking about other kids their age and spending their dollars wisely” by purchasing low-sodium beans and protein items, such as tuna and peanut butter, Mrs. McAuliffe said while in the Walmart in Short Pump, Va. “They are very thoughtful about how they are spending the money.
 

Diverse group shows up for Mobile Pantry food distribution

February 4, 2015

     Over 7,000 pounds of food was given away in the rural community of Walkerton by FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry truck on Feb. 4.

     Over 200 clients lined up on the front lawn of a 135-year-old structure—Mizpah United Methodist Church—in King and Queen County. Standing in line together was a diverse group. Some carried canes and some were in their 80s and some in their 90s. What brought them all together under the bright blue sky was a need for food.

     Ninety-one year old Charles Chamberlain drove himself to the Mobile Pantry in his faded blue 1992 Cadillac. A heavy-equipment operator for 50 years, he sat in a folding chair with his cane and waited as 17 volunteers hurriedly packed paper grocery bags with an assortment of canned food, boxed food and perishables and set them on the lawn where clients could walk up and carry away two bags of groceries.

     Chamberlain said he was thankful for the Mobile Pantry, which visits his community every other month. “I appreciate the food,” Charles said. “I couldn’t do any better than this as far as I’m concerned.”  He lives alone in a house and is thankful his children visit him and call him regularly.

     Standing in line, Benjamin Moore, 57, of King William County, said he is a self-employed roofer and painter but business has been slow. Plus he has done some $1,500 roofing jobs for less than half price. Referring to the two bags of food, he said, “This will last a couple of weeks.”
 

FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry distributes tons of food in Emporia

January 23, 2015

     Tons of much needed food was given out for free in one of Virginia’s most food insecure cities, Emporia, on Jan. 23, thanks to FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry.

     The Mobile Pantry is a refrigerated truck that delivers canned and boxed food and perishables to neighbors who live in areas with limited access to healthy and affordable food options, also known as “food deserts.” Emporia is among the top five food-insecure cities in Virginia. The Mobile Pantry goes to 14 food deserts in urban areas and feeds 5,000 each month.

     Emporia lacks a bus system, and residents who have no transportation must rely on cabs to travel to stores to buy food. A cab fare is often $10 one way and that amounts to $20 that might have bought 20 cans of protein-rich beans, said Dorothy Prince of Emporia, a volunteer at the Mobile Pantry distribution site.
 

Richmond Christmas Mother Fund supports holiday meals

December 29, 2014

Contact: Eric Miller, FeedMore Inc., 804-237-8604, temiller@feedmore.org
   
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       Dec. 24, 2014

     The Richmond Christmas Mother Fund approved a grant of $5,000 to FeedMore for the Meals on Wheels holiday meal.

     The Richmond Christmas Mother Fund is a component fund of The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia.

     The mission of the Richmond Christmas Mother is to help charities in the Greater Richmond region brighten the holidays for individuals and families who are in need. The Richmond Christmas Mother Fund has used holiday assistance programs to help those in need since 1935. It is led by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Richmond Christmas Mother Committee, a publicly supported charitable organization.

     This year’s holiday meal was delivered during lunch on Christmas Eve and consisted of roast beef au jus, garlic smashed potatoes, seasoned asparagus tips, cake and a whole wheat roll.

     Last year, FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels provided more than 350,000 meals to 1,652 homebound seniors and disabled individuals who had no reliable means for maintaining a healthy diet. FeedMore operates Meals on Wheels in 10 counties and four cities in Central Virginia. Volunteers spend up to two hours on each of the 92 routes, delivering 1,000 meals each weekday, with extra weekend meals delivered on Friday.  Fifty-four percent of MOW recipients live alone, and 11 percent require assistance from the volunteers to heat their meals.

See photos on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/FeedMore/photos/pcb.807258952665486/807253112666070/?type=1&theater


 

FeedMore and Perdue celebrate 15-year partnership

December 29, 2014


Contact: Eric Miller, FeedMore Inc., 804-237-8604, temiller@feedmore.org
    Bill See, Perdue Farms, 410-341-2533

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       Dec. 17, 2014


    RICHMOND—FeedMore received a 10,000-pound donation of fresh chicken on Dec. 17 to mark its 15-year partnership with Perdue Farms.

    In December alone, Perdue has donated 58,000 pounds of poultry products to FeedMore, which serves neighbors in need across Central Virginia’s 31 counties and five cities, ranging from rural and suburban to urban localities. In fiscal year 2014, Perdue gave 2.3 million pounds of protein to FeedMore for distribution through FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels, Mobile Pantry, Kids Café and 350 partner food pantries and soup kitchens.

    Through volunteerism and generous donations like Perdue’s, “we are able to meet the needs of more than 213,000 seniors, families and children each year,” Doug Pick, FeedMore’s CEO and president, said during a news conference inside FeedMore’s warehouse in Richmond.

    “We will continue to donate to FeedMore as part of our commitment to help fight hunger,” said Sam Rascona, facility manager for Perdue’s Mid-Atlantic Replenishment Center in Prince George, from where today’s chicken was delivered.

    The Perdue-FeedMore partnership has endured for 15 years because Perdue officials can trust FeedMore for the “safe distribution of the products we donate,” Rascona said. He noted that nationwide, Perdue has donated 46 million pounds of poultry products over the past 15 years through Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks. “That’s two tractor-trailer loads each week,” he added.

    Perdue’s employees also serve as volunteers at food distribution sites. They had volunteered just 24 hours earlier in Petersburg where FeedMore gave away 7,000 pounds of potatoes, Perdue chicken, eggs, chili with beans, milk, onions, cereal and apple juice in a low-income area through its Mobile Pantry, a refrigerated truck.
Later on Dec. 16, Perdue’s chicken went to a Kids Café site in Petersburg, where 30 children received a nutritious meal. The children were served at First Baptist Church, which represents the longest continuing African-American congregation in America.

    “We hope this donation will be especially helpful during the holidays, but we know that hunger is not limited to the holidays, and that’s why we make year-long donations,” Rascona said.

    Over the past 15 years, Perdue has donated annually an average of 1 million to 1.5 million pounds of fresh chicken to FeedMore. That’s more than 15 million pounds of protein, which translates into 12.5 million meals for needy children, families and seniors across Central Virginia.

    Through Meals on Wheels, FeedMore feeds 1,000 individuals each weekday in Central Virginia. The Mobile Pantry goes to 14 food deserts in urban areas and feeds 5,000 individuals per month. Kids Café provides 2,200 snacks each day at 63 sites for children ages 5 to 18 and provides supper at 42 of those sites each weekday during the school year.

    Through partnerships with businesses, faith-based, non-profit, public, and other organizations, FeedMore offers comprehensive hunger solutions that target our region's most vulnerable neighbors: children, families and seniors. From our Distribution Center that provided food for 17 million meals last year, the Hunger Hotline that connects people to nearby pantries, to our Meals on Wheels home deliveries, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach to hunger relief targets the many meal gaps in our region.

     See photos on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/FeedMore/photos/pcb.802336413157740/802335866491128/?type=1&theater

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Richmond 18th Annual Canstruction Event

October 9, 2014

Celebrating 18 years as one of the world’s most imaginative food charities, the Canstruction® exhibition and competition invites Richmond’s top architecture, engineering, construction firms, and schools to transform more than 100,000 cans of food into whimsical, wildly inventive sculptures at the Chesterfield Towne Center in Midlothian, VA. from October 11th to 25th, 2014.
 

2014 FeedMore “Hunger in America” Press Release

August 21, 2014

Read FeedMore's press release about Feeding America's "Hunger in America" report here!

FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels Receives Valentine’s Day Cards from DoSomething.org’s Youth Volunteers

February 14, 2014

FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels, in partnership with DoSomething.org, Mentor Up and the Meals On Wheels Association of America, announced today the results of Love Letters, a campaign that encouraged teens to make handmade Valentine's Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults across the country during a peak time of isolation and depression.

“We were thrilled to have received nearly 800 cards in the mail for our clients,” said Mary Penet, Director of Senior Feeding for FeedMore. “As many connected to FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels know, we deliver more than just a meal. These cards will warm the hearts of our clients throughout Central Virginia, and we are grateful for DoSomething.org’s thoughtful volunteers.”

In total, more than 68,000 teen volunteers nationwide made Valentine’s Day cards for nearly 100,000 of the 2.5 million vulnerable seniors receiving Meals on Wheels across the county. Love Letters provided an opportunity for young people across the country to help lift the spirits of older adults and combat social isolation. Young people found local, participating Meals on Wheels programs – from a list of 356 across all 50 states – where they sent the card(s). The Valentine's Day cards were then included in meal deliveries made by Meals on Wheels volunteers.

Bimbo Bakery - 1-Million Pounds of Bread

February 12, 2014

Last year, Bimbo Bakery, the manufacturer of Arnold’s bread, Thomas English Muffins, Entenmann’s cakes, and more, donated nearly 1-million pounds of bread and assorted bread products to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank – bread that we were able to distribute to our partner agencies.

In December, a nationwide decision was made at Bimbo Bakery’s corporate office to no longer donate product to food banks and rather sell this product to animal feed manufacturers.

We are grateful for their past support and while we respect and understand their decision, we strongly encourage our friends and supporters to reach out to them asking them to reconsider. Large scale donations from partners like Bimbo Bakery allows FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank to operate efficiently and effectively and the loss of this bread product means we will no longer be able to distribute bread in the quantities needed to our network of 360 partner agencies.

If you are interested, we kindly ask that you thank Bimbo for their previous support of FeedMore and stress how important donations of bread and bread products are to the Central Virginia community, where 1 in 7 adults is food insecure, and encourage Bimbo to reconsider their decision to not donate this product to those in need.

The contact is:

Mike Derry
Director, Retail Stores
Bimbo Bakeries
8550 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60631
mderry@bbumail.com

SMITHFIELD AND MARTIN’S DONATE PROTEIN TO FEEDMORE AND HOKIES VS HOOS

January 27, 2014

Smithfield and MARTIN’S are partnering to kick off the 10th Annual “Hokies vs. ‘Hoos Food Fight” presented by MARTIN’S by donating 40,000 pounds of protein to the FeedMore Central Virginia Food Bank.

A canned-food and funds competition between Virginia Tech and UVa, the Hokies vs. ‘Hoos Food Fight will collect donations at Richmond-area MARTIN’S and local schools February 3rd-16th, as well as through the organization’s website (http://www.hokiesvshoos.com) through February 18th.

Representatives from Smithfield and MARTIN’S will present the donation to kickoff this year’s campaign to FeedMore alongside officials from the Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the UVa Club of Richmond during a press conference on Thursday, January 30th.

“The Hokies vs. ‘Hoos Food Fight is very timely, as donations typically decline after the holidays but our demand does not,” said Jeff Baldwin, Media and Public Relations Manager, FeedMore. “We are thrilled to begin this year’s program with this substantial contribution from Smithfield and MARTIN’S, which is especially significant as protein is usually the most difficult and expensive item for us to source.”

“We are proud to sponsor the Hokies vs. ‘Hoos Food Fight in its 10th year, and partner with Smithfield to kick off this year’s campaign,” said Jim Scanlon, MARTIN’S regional vice president. “There are too many Central Virginians today who do not know where their next meal will come from, and MARTIN’S is proud to support these and other charitable causes that fight hunger in our local communities.”

“Smithfield has made more than 180 donations across the country under the company’s Helping Hungry Homes program to food banks that serve their communities through local and emergency food pantries, low-income daycare centers and disaster-relief agencies,” said Dennis Pittman, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Smithfield. “We’re proud to make this substantial donation with MARTIN’S in support of the Hokies vs. ‘Hoos Food Fight to help alleviate hunger in the Richmond area.”

Smithfield is making this significant donation in Richmond under its Helping Hungry Homes program, the company’s coast-to-coast effort to help families and individuals become more food secure.

Smithfield Foods and its independent operating companies have a long history of stocking food banks, supporting after-school nutrition programs and providing food relief in the wake of natural disasters. In January 2008, Smithfield established their Helping Hungry Homes® initiatives to help ensure that American families in need do not go hungry.

About GIANT/MARTIN’S
Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit http://www.GiantFoodStores.com and www.MartinsFoods.

About Hokies vs. ‘Hoos Food Fight
The Hokies vs. ‘Hoos Food Fight, presented by MARTIN’s, is a canned-food and funds competition between Virginia Tech and UVa that takes place at Richmond-area MARTIN’S stores, local schools and through the organization’s website, http://www.hokiesvshoos.com. Sponsored by the Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the UVa Club of Richmond, alumni and friends of the two schools have raised food and fund donations to provide over 378,000 meals for the hungry in Central Virginia through FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank.

About Smithfield-Farmland
In August 2013, two Smithfield Foods subsidiaries, The Smithfield Packing Company and Farmland Foods, realigned to form the Smithfield Farmland Packaged Food Group, and Smithfield-Farmland Fresh Meat Group. This union brought together two leading pork suppliers, both known for their high-quality retail and foodservice offerings in the United States and abroad across a variety of Fresh and Packaged categories. In addition to the Smithfield and Farmland brands, the company’s Gwaltney and Cook’s products are among the leaders in their respective markets. For more information, visit http://www.Smithfield.com and www.FarmlandFoods.com.
 

Richmond International Raceway Classic Rock-96.5 Food Drive

December 11, 2013


Richmond, VA (December 9, 2013)—With a little help, Richmond International Raceway is taking its holiday spirit to new heights with a unique food drive to benefit FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank.  Classic Rock 96.5 radio DJs Sam and Mason won’t leave the top of RIR’s 153-ft Video Scoring Tower until NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver and Richmond, Virginia native Sam Hunt’s race car is packed with food to help those in need this Friday, December 13, for “Sam & Mason – Rockin’ & Racin’ to FeedMore.”

For the full press release text, click the download link beow.

FeedMore Receives $1,500 Grant from Banfield Charitable Trust

November 11, 2013

FeedMore recently received a $1,500 grant from Banfield Charitable Trust. The grant will be used towards the purchase of pet food for FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels’ Companion Animals Program.

FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels’ Companion Animals Program provided food for the pets of 262 Meals on Wheels clients from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

“Meals on Wheels not only delivers nutritious meals to people who cannot shop or cook for themselves, but also delivers a range of services to improve the quality of life for our clients,” said Doug Pick, FeedMore CEO. “One of the most important ancillary services is our Meals for Pets Program.”

Eighty six percent of FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels clients need financial assistance to pay for their meals.

“For many of these clients, the challenge of paying for pet food is too difficult to overcome, and many of these clients would deprive themselves of a full meal rather than see their pets go hungry,” added Pick.

“We are extremely grateful for the continued support of community and corporate partners like Banfield Charitable Trust.”

For more information about FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program, please visit us online at http://www.feedmore.org.

MARTIN’S Food Markets Donates 1,000 Turkeys to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank

November 11, 2013

On Monday, November 11th, FeedMore received a donation of 1,000 turkeys from MARTIN’S Food Markets, marking the 4th consecutive year that MARTIN’S has donated turkeys to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank.

“This donation comes at a perfect time of year, and was made even more special, on this Veteran’s Day, to be joined by Cadets from Varina’s JROTC program,” said Jeff Baldwin, media and public relations manager for FeedMore.

These cadets, on hand to assist with the unloading of the turkeys, also donated 461 lbs. of food to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank. They had been collecting non-perishable food items at their school for several weeks.

“We are grateful for MARTIN’S continued support of our hunger-relief efforts in Central Virginia, and we are always amazed to see students throughout the region get involved,” said Baldwin. “We are inspired by the efforts of Varina’s JROTC.”

Since July 1st, MARTIN’S Food Markets has donated over 443,500 lbs. of food in support of FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank, as well as over $26,000 in support of FeedMore programs. MARTIN’s was also the corporate partner for the recently concluded ‘Scouting for Food’ campaign.

“Every year, support from MARTIN’S allows us to feed countless individuals in need and we are proud to partner with them as we continue fighting hunger in our region.”

FeedMore Receives $8,600 Grant from The UPS Foundation

October 10, 2013

FeedMore recently received a $8,600 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The grant will be used towards the purchase of a refrigerated trailer which will help FeedMore with their transportation and food safety needs for its Meals on Wheels program.

FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program provides 1,100 nutritious meals to homebound elderly and disabled adults throughout Central Virginia each day and last year, served 323,097 meals to over 1,600 individuals.

“Every day, FeedMore staff and volunteers prepare and deliver fresh, nutritious, and well‐balanced meals to those in need through our Meals on Wheels program, and this grant from The UPS Foundation will allow us to continue meeting the needs of our community,” said Jeff Baldwin, FeedMore’s media and public relations manager. “We are extremely grateful for the continued support of community and corporate partners like UPS.”

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support FeedMore’s hunger‐relief efforts through its Meals on Wheels program,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting different to the global community.”

Scouting for Food’ Drive to Benefit FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank

October 10, 2013

On Saturday, October 26th, an estimated 8,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts will fan out through Central Virginia neighborhoods distributing grocery bags door‐to‐door marking phase one of the annual ‘Scouting for Food’ effort, now in its 26th year. On Saturday, November 2nd, phase two will commence when the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts will return to these same neighborhoods to collect the bags filled with donations.

“This year, nearly 260,000 households will receive a bag on October 26th, and it is our hope that thousands of Central Virginia residents will fill these bags with non‐perishable items like peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruits, tuna fish, and more,” said Jeff Baldwin, media and public relations manager for FeedMore.

“According to Boy Scouts of America’s Heart of Virginia Council, approximately 15% of households that receive a bag will actually donate food, but more than ever, we need the entire community to pitch in, ensuring that FeedMore is able to continue providing food to those in need.”

“Currently, there are over 206,000 individuals in our community that live with hunger every day – a statistic that includes a staggering 51,000 children,” explained Baldwin.

“A small, five percent increase in participation during ‘Scouting for Food’ would equate to thousands of pounds of
additional food donated.”

“Each day, FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank distributes, on average, 83,000 pounds of food, so food drives like ‘Scouting for Food’ are critical to our mission, more so than ever in these tough economic times,” added Baldwin.

Those making donations should place their filled bags outside their front doors by 9:30 AM on Saturday, November 2nd and individuals who do not receive a bag, but want to participate, may make a food donation at any Richmond area Martin’s location.

Last year, 197,000 pounds of food was donated to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank through ‘Scouting for Food’ and this year, FeedMore and Boy Scouts of America’s Heart of Virginia Council hope to collect at least 206,000 pounds of food.

FeedMore Hosts National Leaders of Meals on Wheels Association of America, Feeding America, and AARP

September 26, 2013


On Thursday, September 26, several leaders from Meals on Wheels Association of America, Feeding America, and the AARP visited FeedMore’s headquarters to examine the possibility of emulating FeedMore’s programs across the country. Currently, FeedMore is the only hunger-relief agency in the country with a food bank, a Meals on Wheels, and an on-site kitchen that all work together to fight hunger.

Ellie Holander, Meals on Wheels Association of America President and CEO, briefly addressed FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels volunteers and honored longtime volunteer, Louise Tramontin. Louis has been a Meals on Wheels volunteer since September 1967.

FeedMore was created on July 1, 2008 with the merger of the Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia. As the new organization was born, an unprecedented economic downturn brought a challenging combination of limited financial resources for nonprofits across the country, as well as historic increases in demand for services. The FeedMore merger was timely, and the new partnership allowed the Food Bank and Meals on Wheels to maximize efficiencies and available resources to better serve those in need.

Now, in 2013, as the effects of sequestration are felt nationwide, Meals on Wheels Association of America and Feeding America aim to work together even more as they broaden services, specifically as it relates to senior hunger, and remain as cost effective as possible.

The national leaders that visited FeedMore were:

Meals on Wheels Association of America
Ellie Hollander, President and CEO
Keith Greene, Chief Membership Officer
Magda Hageman, VP, Education and Training
Bob Herbolsheimer , Chief Development Officer
Erika Kelly, Chief Advocacy Officer
Don Miller, Chief Financial and Admin Officer
Linda Netterville , VP, Nutrition, Grants & National Resource Center
Susan Waldman, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Feeding America
Lisa Davis, VP of Government Relations
Ami McReynolds, VP of National Programs

AARP
Maggie Biscarr, Hunger Program Manager

Angels with Heart Foundation Donates to FeedMore’s BackPack Program

September 25, 2013


FeedMore recently received a sizeable donation from Angels with Heart Foundation to help fund FeedMore’s BackPack Program in Petersburg, marking the second straight year that Angels with Heart Foundation has supported the program. This $23,520 donation will provide approximately 2,300 BackPacks to hungry kids and comes at a time of particular need as food insecurity rates remain high in Petersburg, where 1 in 5 children are food‐insecure.

FeedMore’s BackPack Program is a major initiatives to ensure that children in need have the balanced, nutritious food they need to learn and grow. The concept is simple: children at risk of weekend hunger receive a bag of food that is child‐friendly, nutritious, nonperishable, and easy to prepare/eat. Each BackPack offers enough food that children can easily assemble into six healthy meals over the weekend when schools are unable to provide breakfasts or lunches.

By partnering with local school systems and school staff, FeedMore serves 2,000 chronically hungry children each week – providing 12,000 meals each weekend. In Petersburg, FeedMore distributed 10,509 BackPacks to foodinsecure youth in last year alone and this year, an average of 290 BackPacks will be distributed per week.

Angels with Heart, founded in 2010 by Grammy nominated R&B singer, and Petersburg native, Trey Songz, was a call‐to‐arms to engage his fan club to become a positive impact in their communities. Songz fan club members, known as “Trey’s Angels,” were called upon to give back through random acts of kindness by donating their time and efforts to support their respective cities. These Angels were called “Angels with Heart” which Songz later chose as the name of his foundation. Through strategic philanthropy efforts, Angels with Heart Foundation gives back to make a difference in communities across the nation.

Governor McDonnell Announces Winners of Governor’s Bowl Food and Fund Drive

August 30, 2013


Governor McDonnell today announced the winners of the second annual “Governor’s Bowl Food and Fund Drive.”  The governor called each winning Chamber of Commerce and winning state agency this morning to express his gratitude personally. More than 100 Chambers across the Commonwealth and over 60 state government agencies participated in the five week competition that began on Memorial Day and ended on Independence Day. The 2013 competition raised the equivalent of over 400,000 pounds of food to benefit over one million individuals served by Virginia food banks. The summer season includes critical months when pressure on food bank resources is high and shelves need replenishing.

Over 1.1 million pounds of food were raised in just two years of the Governor’s Bowl competition. The 2013 Governor’s Bowl public-private partnership supports the mission of the Virginia food banks that serve over one million individuals each year.

Both chambers and state agencies were organized by size with small, medium, and large entities competing with their peer groups. The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber is the 2013 overall winner with the equivalent of over 115,000 pounds raised. All of the 2012 winners were repeat Governor’s Bowl champions. Back-to-back Chamber winners are Buchanan County, Greater Augusta, and Greater Richmond. The Virginia Board of Accountancy also defended its title in 2013.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “Earlier this summer I renewed my challenge to Virginia’s business community and state agencies to compete in good fun for a worthwhile cause. We could not do it without our partners at each Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Food Banks, and our teams of state employees.  And, I have to say, I’m very pleased to see that the coordinated and focused effort of our summer fellows led to the Office of the Governor winning one of these great awards!”

Lisa M. Hicks-Thomas, Secretary of Administration, said, “As always, our Virginia communities responded with passion and purpose to lift up those in need. I am grateful for the hard work, service, and commitment Virginians exude each day, and am particularly proud of the thousands of state employees who demonstrate their generosity year after year.”

Leslie Van Horn, Executive Director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks said, “Our heartfelt thanks to the  Chambers and state government agencies that supported their local food banks during this summertime competition  for truly making a difference in the lives of so many in need.”

Barry DuVal, President & CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, said “On behalf of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and our 15,000 member businesses I would like to thank the Governor and his staff for their commitment to ensuring that the shelves of Virginia’s Food Banks are stocked during the summer months. We are thrilled to see such a great response from Virginia’s business community to the Governor’s challenge and would like to thank all of the local chambers that participated in this year’s competition.  I especially applaud the Buchanan County Chamber of Commerce, the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and all the state agency winners for raising the most food in their respective categories for their regional food banks.”

The Office of the Governor also earned an award this year for most total pounds for a small agency. The Governor’s Fellows Class of 2013 led the executive staff and Cabinet in its efforts to drive greater donations this year. The Class consisted of 16 talented future leaders from Virginia’s colleges and universities who designed an intra-office competition including bake sales, canned food drives, and special prizes to increase participation. The Fellows Class also led by example, spending their personal time volunteering as a group at FeedMore in Richmond. Special thanks go to our partners in the Department of Planning and Budget for their participation and assistance.

The 2013 winners are:
 

Chambers
 

Buchanan County Chamber of Commerce (small)                            

  • 18,995 pounds, exceeding its winning 2012 total of 17,694 pounds, benefiting Feeding America Southwest Virginia

Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce (medium)    

  • 115,529 pounds, exceeding its winning 2012 total of 105,315 pounds. benefiting the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank               

Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce (large)                           

  • 17, 296 pounds benefiting FeedMore, Inc. (aka Central Virginia Food Bank)

Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce (large)

  • 17 pounds per person

State Agencies
 

Office of the Governor (small)

  • 9, 096 total pounds

Virginia Board of Accountancy (small)                                                                   

  • 337 pounds per person

Department of Motor Vehicles (medium)

  • 28,560 total pounds

Department of Environmental Quality (medium)

  • 21 pounds per person

Department of Corrections (large)

  • 19, 698 total pounds and 1.71 pounds per person

Kroger Donates to FeedMore for Hunger Action Month

August 28, 2013

It’s back to school season in Central Virginia and every Friday thousands of children head home with FeedMore’s “backpacks” that provide children and families with balanced meals. To support this effort, Kroger Mid‐Atlantic will donate the nearly $15,000 raised from its “Bringing Hope to the Table” campaign directly towards the nonprofit’s Backpack Program.

Canterbury Recreation Association Claims Dunk Hunger Top Prize

August 13, 2013

Richmond, VA—This summer’s pool visits took on a new meaning for many area Richmonders who raised food and funds for the Central Virginia Food Bank through the Dunk Hunger campaign. The swim team and community pools challenge raised the equivalent of 30,156 meals, with Canterbury Recreation Association claiming the Gold Medal with 6,956 meals contributed. Canterbury will be treated to a winners’ bash at their pool at 1300 Pump Road in Richmond’s west end, hosted by Radio Disney and Richmond Family Magazine, Wednesday, August 14, from 4:30 to 6:30. Photo and interview opportunities will be available.

Last year’s winning team was the Wyndham Tidal Waves, who edged out Canterbury Recreation Association by the narrowest of margins. The inaugural Dunk Hunger campaign raised the equivalent of 17,634 meals for the Central Virginia Food Bank. “We are excited to see this summer program grow by leaps and bounds, especially at a time when the Food Bank is in such need,” says Brenda Miller with FeedMore,Inc.

Dunk Hunger is presented by Richmond Family Magazine and the Virginia Swim Shop and is sponsored by Gold Medal Sponsor, College Nannies and Tutors of Richmond; Silver Medal Sponsor, Ortho Virginia; and Bronze Medal Sponsor, Jessica Morgan School of Dance.

Child’s Lemonade Stand Benefits FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank

August 13, 2013

Earlier this week, 4-year-old Carter Moore asked his mother, Amanda Moore, if he could bring food to the people who have gone without.

“We began to brainstorm ways to help, and I knew I really wanted him to be able to get other kids involved and to do a little work,” Amanda said. “Children need to learn early about helping others.”

After some thought, the Moores, who reside in Charter Colony in Midlothian, decided to hold a lemonade and cupcake sale to benefit FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank.

“This was our first time getting involved with FeedMore and was his first charitable activity,” explained Amanda. “After Carter saw the photos of the kids on FeedMore’s website, you could tell it had touched his heart, and he really does understand the need for food.”

Carter, his mother Amanda, and 2-year-old sister, Adalyn, got to work preparing for the sale.

“He was involved in everything, from baking the cupcakes, to making the lemonade, to creating the signs,” stated Amanda. “The morning of August 7th, he woke up so excited saying ‘Today’s the lemonade stand, today’s the lemonade stand.’”

The sale was held from 4-5:30pm on August 7th, and through a posting on Facebook, word of mouth, and the signs, people from all over the area stopped by to support Carter’s efforts.

Carter, joined by his sister and four other neighborhood children, waved down passersby, and the money started coming in. Using a real working cash register, Carter collected the $1 donation per cup of lemonade and $1 donation per cupcake.

After an hour and a half, he had raised $93.52 for FeedMore, and the Moores donated an additional $93.52 for a grand total of $187.04.

“We promised him we would match whatever he raised with our own donation to FeedMore,” explained Amanda.

“We had no idea he’d raise as much as he did in such a short period of time, so we will have to be careful what we promise him next time,” she joked.

“His confidence is soaring realizing he has done something to help, and we are so very proud of him!”

For Fifth Consecutive Year, FeedMore Receives Highest Rating from Charity Navigator

August 2, 2013

For the fifth consecutive year, FeedMore has been awarded the highest rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency by Charity Navigator, the country's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities.

Charity Navigator awarded FeedMore an "exceptional" ranking of four stars out of a possible four, demonstrating adherence to good governance and fiscal responsibility. Only 4 percent of charities have received at least five consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that FeedMore outperforms most other charities in America.

"Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way," said Ken Berger, president and chief executive officer of Charity Navigator.
“This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates FeedMore from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

Charity Navigator provides essential information that gives donors greater confidence in the charitable choices they support. Receiving four stars indicates the Academy’s Foundation is respected by its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust. Under Charity Navigator's formula combining sound fiscal management and accountability, FeedMore received a score of 62.8 out of a possible 70, placing FeedMore in the "exceptional" category.

“FeedMore is delighted to receive another outstanding rating from Charity Navigator and this four-star designation demonstrates our efficiency and leadership in the nonprofit community," said Jeff Baldwin, media and public relations manager for FeedMore.

For more information on FeedMore’s rating, please visit: feedmore.org/charitynavigator

Peanut Proud Delivers Peanut Butter Donation to Federation of Virginia Food Banks

July 25, 2013

Peanut Proud delivered 7 pallets of peanut butter today to the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, a partner state association of Feeding America.  The 7 Food Banks across the Commonwealth of Virginia will receive a total of 10,080 jars of Peanut Proud peanut butter.

Peanut Proud, headquartered in Blakely, GA, is a 501(c)3 organization representing all segments of the peanut industry.  Established a few years ago when peanut consumption was down, it has evolved into the industry’s vehicle for charitable and emergency donations supported by contributions from both within and outside of the peanut industry.

Earlier this year, Peanut Proud responded to the devastation in Oklahoma caused by tornadoes with a 60,000 jar donation in coordination with local relief efforts.  In support of the food banks in peanut growing states and their constant need for nutritious food items, Peanut Proud has delivered 22 pallets of peanut butter this week to the North and South Carolina and Virginia food banks.

Leslie Van Horn, Executive Director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks stated: “We have had to rely on the generosity of the community to restock our warehouses with peanut butter lately due to the growing need in communities across the state. Food Bank shelves are typically pretty bare during this time of the summer so our heartfelt thanks to Peanut Proud and its members for providing us such a great protein shelf stable item.”

Dell Cotton, Executive Director of the Virginia Peanut Growers Association, added:  “It is nice to know that this donation was made possible as a result of contributions to Peanut Proud from our own industry. I am particularly pleased that all of the food banks in Virginia’s Federation will reap the benefits of this nutritious product for those they serve.”

FeedMore to Hold ‘Burgers for BackPacks’ Event in Partnership with Eagle Classic

July 18, 2013

For the second consecutive year, FeedMore has been selected as the charitable beneficiary of the Eagle Classic Golf Tournament, which will be held at Richmond Country Club from August 16th through August 18th. This year’s slogan is “Help Drive Hunger out of Central Virginia” and includes an entire week of events beginning August 12th, including a special culinary event, ‘Burgers for BackPacks’.

The Eagle Companies, title sponsor of the golf tournament, selected FeedMore as the tournament’s charitable beneficiary because of the tremendous impact the organization has fighting hunger throughout Central Virginia.

We are thrilled to once again partner with Eagle Companies and Richmond Country Club during the Eagle Classic and we are proud to have been named the charitable beneficiary,” said Jeff Baldwin, media and public relations manager for FeedMore.

‘Burgers for BackPacks’ will be held on Wednesday, August 14th, from 6-9 pm at Richmond Country Club and will feature specialty burger sliders prepared by several Central Virginia chefs. Tickets for the ‘Burgers for BackPacks’ event are $40 per person and the proceeds will benefit FeedMore’s BackPack Program, a program that provides 2,000 chronically hungry children weekend meals during the school year.

Hunger is a reality for thousands of area’s most vulnerable individuals, children,” said Jeff Baldwin, media and public relations manager for FeedMore. “In Central Virginia, nearly 51,000 children are food-insecure and do not know where their next meal will come from.”

We hope ‘Burgers for BackPacks’ will raise awareness and funds to help us sustain the program during the upcoming school year,” added Baldwin.

For more information on ‘Burgers for BackPacks’, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.feedmore.org/burgers

The Eagle Classic will be in Richmond for the sixth year and will feature more than 144 professional golfers from 36 countries and throughout the United States all competing for the $110,000.00 purse and for a card to play in the Ladies Professional Golf Association. The Eagle Classic is part of the Symetra professional women’s golf tournament “Road to the LPGA”, presented by BagBoy.

In addition to ‘Burgers for BackPacks’, the Eagle Classic will also include Pro-Ams, Junior Clinics, Skills Challenges, Style Show, Vendor Exhibits, Meet the Pros Party, and a Concert on the Lawn - all leading up to the tournament, August 16-18.

For more information, to volunteer, or to purchase tickets to Eagle Classic, please visit www.eagleclassicva.com.

USDA Officials Celebrate Efforts by FeedMore to Ensure Central Virginia Children Have Access to Heal

June 25, 2013

USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon was in Sandston today to highlight FeedMore’s and USDA’s efforts to ensure no child goes hungry in Central Virginia during the summer months.

FeedMore is once again participating in USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. The program began on June 24th and continues through August 30th at approximately 60 sites throughout Central Virginia.

“As many area children look forward to summer, those that struggle with hunger issues may wonder where they will turn to find the breakfast and lunch that they’ve relied on during the school year,” said Conchetta Yonaitis, FeedMore’s children’s program manager. “FeedMore is proud to once again offer a Summer Food Service Program and will provide thousands of meals to at‐risk children ensuring that this region’s children grow and develop with the nutrition they need to be successful when the next school year rolls begins.”

USDA’s Summer Food Service Program and other summer feeding programs are designed to make sure children receive the nutritious meals they need during the summer months so they are ready to learn when they return to school in the fall. Concannon joined USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service Acting Administrator Lillian Salerno and community leaders to visit the community room and playground at Sandston Woods Apartments outside of Richmond. “We’re joining our valued partners to raise awareness about the nutrition gap low‐income children face when schools close for the summer,” Concannon said. “We need more successful partnerships, like the one in Sandston, to ensure children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is out.”

Today’s inaugural lunch featured baked chicken, kid‐ friendly vegetables, milk, and whole wheat rolls. After lunch, the children enjoyed playground time and a special musical presentation by the Highland Springs High School Drum Line. Sites like Sandston Woods Apartments are the backbone of the Summer Food Service Program, ensuring that youth have access to healthy meals in a safe, supervised environment.

“Research shows a lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins,” Concannon said. “We must do all we can to ensure that children get nutritious food year‐round so that they are ready to learn during the school year and have a greater chance to succeed.”

Last year, FeedMore’s Summer Food Service Program provided 184,000 meals; approximately 2,300 breakfasts and 2,300 lunches per day and USDA's summer feeding programs provided 161 million summer meals, feeding approximately 3.5 million children nationwide on a typical summer day. In Virginia, the summer feeding programs served approximately 10.9 million meals to children at 1,579 summer feeding sites.

In order to ensure that no child goes hungry this summer, USDA and its partners are redoubling their efforts to reach more children at risk for hunger. USDA efforts include:

  • Issuing a national call to action for schools, community and faith‐based organizations across the country to increase the number of SFSP sponsors and feeding sites to ensure that no child goes hungry when school is out.
  • Providing intensive technical assistance to expand the reach of the program in five states with high levels of rural and urban food insecurity and/or reduced program participation, including Arkansas, California, Colorado, Rhode Island and Virginia. Arkansas, Colorado and Virginia are also states targeted by USDA's StrikeForce, an initiative designed to improve the quality of life and boost economic growth in high poverty rural areas.
  • Working with individuals, schools and community organizations to help connect families to summer meals. Summer feeding sites are located in many low‐income communities across the country. To find sites in a particular area, call 1‐866‐3‐Hungry or 1‐877‐8‐Hambre (Spanish) or visit the National Hunger Clearinghouse resource directory. In Virginia, parents and children can call 2‐1‐1 for more information about the program.

USDA continues working with First Lady Michelle Obama on the Let's Move! initiative, which is helping to promote healthy eating and physical activity while supporting the health of American families. Through the combined efforts of USDA and its partners, the United States is beginning to see progress and improvements in the health of our Nation's children. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service oversees the administration of 15 nutrition assistance programs, including the Summer Food Service Program and other child nutrition programs, that touch the lives of one in four Americans over the course of a year. These programs work in concert to form a national safety net against hunger. Visit http://www.fns.usda.gov for information about FNS and nutrition assistance programs.

206,770 Central Virginians at Risk of Hunger

June 11, 2013

A new study finds that 206,770 people in FeedMore’s Central Virginia service area – including 50,960 children – do not always
know where they will find their next meal. In all, nearly 14% of Central Virginians struggle with hunger, according to research
released earlier this week by Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks.

“This new data shows that hunger is a reality for thousands of our neighbors,” said Jeff Baldwin, media and public relations
manager for FeedMore.

Food‐insecurity numbers in the Capital Region are as follows:

City of Richmond ‐ 22% of the population and 22% of children ‐ 46,380 individuals and 8,590 children
County of Henrico ‐ 12.5% of the population and 13.3% of children – 38,080 individuals and 9,850 children
County of Chesterfield ‐ 9.4% of the population and 11.4% of children – 29,550 individuals and 9,360 children
County of Hanover – 7.1% of the population and 11.8% of children – 7,110 individuals and 2,960 children
City of Petersburg – 26.6% of the population and 20.2% of children – 8,620 individuals and 1,390 children
City of Hopewell – 20.4% of the population and 22.6% of children – 4,610 individuals and 1,290 children


The findings are from Feeding America’s “Map the Meal Gap 2013” study, which estimates the rate of food insecurity for both
the general population and, separately, for children under the age of 18. The estimates are calculated at both the county and
congressional‐district level for the entire country. FeedMore is part of the Feeding America network.

"Food insecurity is one of the leading public health challenges in the United States,” said Dr. Craig Gundersen, professor of
agricultural and consumer economics at the University of Illinois, an international food‐insecurity expert and the lead
researcher of the “Map the Meal Gap” study. “We undertook this research to demonstrate the extent and prevalence of food
insecurity at both the county and congressional‐district level. This data has the potential to redefine the way service providers
and policy makers address food insecurity in the communities they serve.”

“We are particularly concerned about children who are undernourished. A child who does not receive adequate nutrition may
experience behavioral problems, have difficulty concentrating in school, and has an increased risk of medical problems. Lack of
adequate nutrition in children, for even a brief period of time, may also cause permanent physical and developmental
impairments,” Gundersen said.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 50 million people nationwide are food‐insecure.
By analyzing household income levels, the study reveals that nearly 60% of children at risk of hunger in FeedMore’s service
area are eligible for federal nutrition programs, like free or reduced‐price school lunch or breakfast, but 40% are not.

“No one in Central Virginia should have to worry about where they will find their next meal,” added Baldwin. “We are
confident Central Virginia will rally together to help us ensure that no child, family or senior goes hungry.”

The Arby’s Foundation ‘Hungry for Happiness’ Mobile Tour

May 9, 2013


On May 15 through May 17, the Hungry for Happiness mobile tour will visit Richmond to help raise awareness about the issue of childhood hunger and increase participation in free summer meals sites for kids located in the area. Summer continues to be a vulnerable time for those who rely on school breakfast and lunch during the school year. The Arby’s Foundation, the charitable arm of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign, is committed to helping kids get the food they need.

In Virginia, only 19.3 percent of school children who rely on free or reduced-price school lunches during the school year currently participate in summer meal programs. These free programs are available to kids and teens age 18 and under at thousands of summer meals sites across the country. Sites are registered with USDA and are held at safe local places such as schools, churches and community centers.


The Hungry for Happiness mobile tour has partnered with FeedMore, the core hunger-relief organization for Central Virginia made up of the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia and the Community Kitchen, to provide more Richmond children access to healthy food during the summer months. Local stops in the Hungry for Happiness mobile tour include:

  • Wednesday, May 15, 5:00‐8:00pm, Arby’s, 4250 Pouncey Tract Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
  • Thursday, May 16, 1:30‐3:30pm, Highland Springs High School, 15 S. Oak Ave, Highland Springs, VA 23075

In each market, the tour will provide Arby’s® Kids Meals (which are endorsed by Kids LiveWell and include a Jr. turkey and cheese sandwich, apple slices and low-fat milk) to children participating in the summer meals program, distribute information on local resources to the public, and provide fun summer activities such as hula-hoop contests, tug of war, bean bag toss, plinko and other family-friendly games to get kids moving.

The tour will also host a benefit night at the Arby’s® at 4250 Pouncey Tract Road, Glen Allen where 20% of the evening’s sales will be donated to Central Virginia Food Bank.

“Childhood hunger is a serious issue in Richmond and we’re so grateful that the Arby’s Foundation and Share Our Strength are helping raise awareness about this issue and the resources we’re able to provide to local families,” said Conchetta Yonaitis, children’s programs manager at FeedMore.

Families in Virginia can find a free summer meals site near them by visiting NoKidHungry.org/summer, calling 1-866- 3HUNGRY, or texting FOOD to 877-877.

Richmond is one of 30 stops on the national 2013 Hungry for Happiness mobile tour. National sponsors supporting the
mobile tour include Pepsi, Dr Pepper, Comcast and Shamrock Farms. Arby’s is the largest quick service restaurant chain to partner in a nationwide effort with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, and has raised more than $5 million for its mission since 2011. Arby’s and the Arby’s Foundation have generated significant national awareness of the childhood hunger movement by leveraging its restaurants and digital and social media properties in the fight to end childhood hunger in America.

About the Arby’s Foundation

The Arby’s Foundation, whose mission is to end childhood hunger in America, is the charitable arm of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. Building on a philanthropic heritage that has contributed more than $57 million to child‐related causes since its inception in 1986, the Arby’s Foundation has launched a bold new movement to educate, mobilize and empower Americans with the knowledge and resources needed to ensure food security for every single child. With more than 16.7 million U.S. children—more than 1 in 5—facing hunger daily, the Arby’s Foundation has devoted its resources to providing education and access to wholesome food choices for children across the country. The Arby’s Foundation is a registered 501 (c) (3) organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. To learn more, visit www.arbysfoundation.org.

About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low‐income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.

Food Lion Launches “Hunger Has a Cure” Campaign

April 3, 2013

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion launches its “Hunger Has a Cure” campaign today to support Feeding America® and its network of local food banks. The two-week campaign, which allows customers to donate in $1 or $3 increments at the register, runs through April 16 and will help feed local families in need.

“We know that it’s difficult for some families to provide food during the summer, especially since it’s a time when food donations typically drop while hunger needs increase,” said Sherrii Webb, manager of community relations for Food Lion. “Funds raised through this two-week ‘Hunger Has a Cure’ campaign will provide critical food assistance for local families in need.”

Customers can support the “Hunger Has a Cure” campaign by adding a monetary donation of their choice to their total grocery bill at the register. These funds will then be donated to Feeding America®, which is able to help provide eight meals per every $1 donated. The success of the campaign is based on the amount of donations raised by customers at the register and has the potential to impact more than 40 Feeding America local food banks that serve participating Food Lion communities. Through efforts such as this, Food Lion raises community awareness of hunger needs, funding for food banks and contributes more than 37 million pounds of food donations annually to Feeding America®. Food Lion serves as a strong corporate citizen in the communities in which the company operates. Hunger relief is a primary focus as Food Lion assists the community through food donations, foundation giving and corporate campaigns. Last year, Food Lion’s “Hunger Has a Cure” campaign donated more than $650,000 and 1.1 million pounds of food to help families seeking food assistance through the Feeding America network.

About Food Lion
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., is a subsidiary of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG) and operates more than 1,100 supermarkets. The company employs approximately 57,000 associates delivering quality products, low prices and service to customers in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. For more information, visit http://www.foodlion.com

About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

Link to press release on Food Lion's website: http://www.foodlion.com/Corporate/PressRoom/_040313

Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic to be Broadcast Nationally

November 9, 2012

FeedMore Announces New Chief Executive Officer

November 7, 2012

Douglas Pick - FeedMore

FeedMore’s board of directors announced on November 5, 2012, that Douglas “Doug” Pick has been named chief executive officer of FeedMore effective November 26, 2012. Pick succeeds Fay Lohr, who is retiring after serving as president and CEO of FeedMore since 2008 and, prior to that, as president of the Central Virginia Food Bank from 1998 to 2008. “As FeedMore continues to grow to meet the needs of hungry children, families and seniors in our community, we sought a leader who had direct experience in helping multidimensional organizations achieve their goals,” said Mark Smith, chairman of the board at FeedMore. “Doug is an outstanding choice and has the full support of the board to lead FeedMore into a new era during these trying economic times.”

Pick has led his own leadership consulting company, Travrse, since 2011. Prior to this role, he spent 12 years as an executive with Capital One in Richmond, Va., where he was highly regarded for his ability to drive complex,
corporate-wide change. His leadership positions included: creating the company’s project management discipline; co-founding an international software subsidiary; spearheading the company’s national leadership role in four
telethons including 9/11 and Katrina; establishing Capital One University; driving significant improvement in the customer experience; and enabling meaningful acceptance of process management excellence.
Prior to joining Capital One, Pick was a senior vice president and business information officer at Central Fidelity. He began his career at IBM holding numerous sales, marketing and consulting managerial positions over 19 years.
Pick is a former board member and president of Chesterfield Public Education Foundation; is a founding member on the advisory board of EduLead (a joint venture between U of R and VCU); serves on the board of Center Stage,
having co-chaired numerous committees; and presently participates in a facilitating/leadership role with the Capital Region Collaborative.

Pick said, “I am incredibly excited to join one of Central Virginia’s truly extraordinary non-profit organizations. FeedMore’s reputation and accomplishments are second to none. I’m humbled to be following Fay and her team’s
amazing success record. At the same time, there is a wonderful opportunity to build on that success to take FeedMore and its exceptional staff, volunteers and partners to the next level of excellence and service. I honestly
believe FeedMore has the ability to fully close the hunger gap in Central Virginia and transform lives – that’s what makes the opportunity to join the organization so meaningful.”

FeedMore Announces New Chief Executive Officer
Mark Smith, board chair, said, “We believe Doug will bring some great assets in his ability to evolve FeedMore to new heights. His innate leadership skills, consensus-building orientation, and an authentic drive to make a
difference in people’s lives excited the entire board. He has a great combination of business experience and nonprofit board leadership that will serve him well in our unique environment.”
Pick lives in Chesterfield, grew up in Roanoke and attended University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce. He has a daughter - Jessica, 24, and son - Marshall, 22. His partner is Jerri Kumery, ballet mistress at Richmond Ballet.
FeedMore is the core hunger-relief organization for Central Virginia made up of the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia and the Community Kitchen. Spanning nearly one-third of the state,
FeedMore last year provided over 15 million meals to more than 225,000 people in need. The Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce has recognized FeedMore as a 2012 Business of the Year in Henrico.

About FeedMore
Working together to efficiently and effectively fight hunger to enhance lives in our community, the FeedMore programs – the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia and the Community Kitchen –
provide hunger relief to our region’s most vulnerable populations – children, families and seniors. FeedMore serves neighbors in need across Central Virginia’s 31 counties and five cities, ranging from rural and suburban to urban
localities.

FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels Celebrates 45 Years of Service to Central Virginia

October 15, 2012

On October 16th, FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program will celebrate an important milestone – 45 years to the day of its first delivery in Central Virginia.

Feeding Hungry Children While Celebrating Virginia Wine Month at The Wine Loft

October 15, 2012

October is Virginia Wine Month and for every bottle of Virginia wine sold at The Wine Loft, they will donate a backpack of food to FeedMore.

FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels Receives $8,600 Grant from UPS Foundation

October 3, 2012

FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program recently received an $8,600 grant from the UPS Foundation that will allow the agency to purchase adequate refrigerators and chest freezers for its Meals onWheels satellite locations throughout Central Virginia.

Summer Food Service Public Service Announcement

September 2, 2011

The Central Virginia Food Bank is participating in the Summer Food Service Program beginning June 27, 2011.

Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Over 50 different Summer Food Service Program sites are anticipated to participate throughout the Metro Richmond & Petersburg areas.

For specific site locations or more information, please feel free to contact:

The Central Virginia Food Bank
Conchetta Yonaitis
Children’s Program Coordinator
1415 Rhoadmiller Street
Richmond, VA 23220
804-521-2500

working together to feed more