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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

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