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.”

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