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.

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