NEWS & EVENTS

FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels Awarded $25,000 Grant from the Walmart Foundation

May 24, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore announced that it recently received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. Part of the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program, this grant will help FeedMore continue to provide nutritious, cooked-from-scratch meals for homebound seniors and disabled individuals throughout Central Virginia.

 

“We are dedicated to providing our Meals on Wheels recipients with healthy, nutrient-rich, homecooked meals,” said Katie Jantzi, Director of Meals on Wheels and Senior Nutrition Programs at FeedMore. “Good nutrition is vital to our homebound senior’s health and our 14 different therapeutic diets help ensure the seniors we serve eat better and most importantly, feel better.”

 

Since the program began in 1967, when it served just eight clients, FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels has grown significantly and currently serves approximately 700 homebound seniors and disabled individuals across 14 cities and counties every day. In addition to the nutritious meal deliveries, FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program extends far beyond the meal, providing recipients with daily social interactions, safety checks and more.

 

With the help of FeedMore’s dedicated Meals on Wheels volunteers, each meal delivery helps reduce isolation, reassures and comforts families who live far from loved ones and keeps homebound seniors and disabled individuals independent and in their own homes for as long as possible. “Through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, we are able to assist wonderful organizations like FeedMore and give back to the communities where we serve,” said Brooke Mueller, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs at Walmart. “We are delighted to support FeedMore and their Meals on Wheels program which helps bring nutritious, healthy meals to homebound seniors and disabled individuals in Central Virginia.”

 

For more information on FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program, please visit FeedMore.org

First Commodity Supplemental Food Program Boxes Distributed in Virginia

May 11, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore recently held the first Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) distribution in the state of Virginia. A food assistance program that is focused on low-income seniors at least 60 years of age who are at risk of malnutrition, CSFP provides these individuals with wholesome food while helping them stretch their food budget.

 

Working in partnership with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), FeedMore distributed the CSFP boxes to approximately 30 seniors at the Sycamore Towers in Petersburg. With the supplemental food boxes including a variety of nutritious food items including canned salmon, peanut butter, oatmeal, canned fruits and vegetables and cereal the recipients also received educational materials with nutritional information and recipes.

 

“We know that there is a real need throughout the state, especially with our aging senior population,” said Seth Benton, Food Distribution Manager at VDACS. “The issue of hunger in this population is getting bigger and this program allows us to fill this gap and help more low-income seniors across Virginia.” In addition to providing low-income seniors with access to wholesome food and helping improve their overall health, the monthly CSFP distributions are something these individuals can count on and in many cases look forward to. “I have a lot of folks here who don’t drive or have access to a vehicle and they rely on the local food banks for help,” said Stephenia Johnson, Housing Manager at Sycamore Towers. “This program provides them with a connection to the outside world and helps them get good, nutritious food that they might not otherwise have.”

 

FeedMore is one of two food banks in the state of Virginia that is involved in the CSFP pilot program. Sycamore Towers was the first site to be selected and additional sites will be selected by FeedMore during the next 12 months as the program develops. For more information on or to learn more about FeedMore’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program, please contact 804-521-2500.
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Service Enterprise Designation Recognizes FeedMore’s Volunteer Engagement

May 10, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore recently announced that it has been certified as a Service Enterprise by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. This prestigious designation recognizes FeedMore as an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on its social mission.

 

“Less than 15 percent of non-profits nationwide can be characterized as Service Enterprises,” said Marycatherine Savage, Chief Human Resource Officer at FeedMore. “This is a significant and noteworthy accomplishment.”

 

To be certified as a Service Enterprise, FeedMore had to demonstrate that it is a high-performing organization that has thoroughly integrated volunteers into its strategic plan and organizational infrastructure. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, FeedMore is now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers.

 

FeedMore is also well positioned and equipped to engage volunteers and their skills to more effectively and efficiently deliver on its mission of fighting hunger in Central Virginia. Additionally, volunteers are deeply integrated into FeedMore’s strategic plan and have a well-developed human capital strategy, enabling FeedMore to maximize resources to build the capacity necessary to maintain and increase services to the community.
“This allows us to reduce costs and increase efficiency and effectiveness in delivering on our promises to all our constituencies,” said Savage. “Our engagement of volunteers makes us more adaptable and ensures the sustainability of our current and future programs.”
For more information on volunteer opportunities with FeedMore, please visit FeedMore.org/volunteer.

Food Lion Feeds Donates 10,000 Meals to Jump-start the Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food

May 10, 2016

What: Food Lion Feeds will partner with FeedMore and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to help jump-start the annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive by donating 10,000 meals to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank in celebration of the start of the campaign. The donation is intended to help FeedMore and the NALC inspire local residents to donate to the campaign on Saturday, May 14. To participate, residents simply fill the bags provided to them by the NALC and leave the food out for the carriers to pick up on Saturday, May 14.

 

 

Who: Food Lion Director of Operations for Richmond Frankie Marshburn & local associates FeedMore Chief Development Officer Tim McDermott Local NALC representatives

 

 

When: Thursday, May 12, 2016 10 a.m.

 

 

Where: 1415 Rhoadmiller St. Richmond, Va. 23220

 

 

Quotes: "Food Lion Feeds is proud to support the Stamp Out Hunger campaign in Richmond," said Frankie Marshburn, Food Lion's director of operations for the Richmond area. "By donating the first 10,000 meals, we hope our customers in the Richmond community will help us support the campaign by leaving bags of non-perishable items out by their mailboxes for our local postal workers to collect tomorrow. At Food Lion, we believe no one should have to choose between dinner and rent or gasoline and buying groceries. We truly believe campaigns like Stamp Out Hunger make a lasting impact to help eliminate these tough choices for those struggling with hunger here in our community." “The amount of nonperishable items collected during the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is quite remarkable and so very needed, especially as we enter the summer months where historically food donations are a bit lower,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore. “In addition to helping us keep the shelves of our Distribution Center stocked, this annual food drive also provides individuals across our community with the opportunity to join the fight against hunger without even leaving their home.” “As letter carriers, we are honored to be able to help people in need,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “On a daily basis we see the struggles in the communities we serve, and we believe it’s important to do what we can to help.”

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