Richmond Christmas Mother Fund supports holiday meals

December 29, 2014

Contact: Eric Miller, FeedMore Inc., 804-237-8604,
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.

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FeedMore and Perdue celebrate 15-year partnership

December 29, 2014

Contact: Eric Miller, FeedMore Inc., 804-237-8604,
    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.

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