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

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.

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