NEWS & EVENTS

FeedMore Awarded $52,000 Grant from the Walmart Foundation

June 30, 2017

FeedMore announced that it recently received a $52,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.  Part of the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program, this grant will help FeedMore continue to improve the health and well-being of families who struggle with hunger in Central Virginia. Specifically, this grant will help FeedMore strengthen its partnership with the Farmville Area Community Emergency Services (FACES) by increasing FACES’ capacity to distribute healthy food to neighbors in need across the southwest region of FeedMore’s service area.

 

“We are very thankful for Walmart’s continued support of and dedication to our mission,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore. “This grant will help us further extend our reach into the more rural communities of our service area. We look forward to continuing our work with our partner agency FACES and our other partner agencies in this region to distribute nutritious meals to the children, families and seniors in their region who need it most.”

 

With a service area that stretches across 34 cities and counties, FeedMore has seen the food-insecurity rate steadily rise in the southwest region of its service area and has identified Farmville as a high-need community, with nearly 26,000 individuals struggling to put food on the table. This grant will allow FeedMore to invest in FACES’ capacity to handle produce and other perishable foods and help this partner agency increase its healthy food distribution to families and individuals throughout their eight-county service area.

 

“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are pleased to continue to support FeedMore and all they do in Virginia to help alleviate hunger,” said Brooke Mueller, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs for Walmart. “Through this grant, FeedMore will be able to reach more people in need in Central Virginia and help more families receive nutritious, healthy food.”

 

For more information on FeedMore and hunger in Central Virginia, please visit FeedMore.org.

Central Virginia Community to Benefit from Nationwide Foundation Grant

June 23, 2017

FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core-hunger relief organization, recently announced it has received a $25,000 donation from the Nationwide Foundation to support its hunger-relief efforts in Central Virginia. With nearly 200,000 children, families and seniors struggling with hunger, the grant will help FeedMore continue to provide healthy meals through its network of partner agencies and comprehensive programs to neighbors in need across its 34 city and county service area in Central Virginia.

                                                                         

“We are able to do what we do because of the support we receive from our community and are grateful to have the Nationwide Foundation standing beside us in the fight against hunger,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore. “Hunger is a year round issue and this gift will help us continue to provide healthy meals to our neighbors in need across Central Virginia.”

 

This grant is part of a $1.5 million gift to Feeding America that will help provide healthier foods to people in need.  With this donation, the Nationwide Foundation is investing in 22 food banks, including FeedMore, and supporting national produce sourcing efforts to help ensure safe and efficient produce delivery to food banks and their partner agencies.

 

FeedMore distributes more 52,000 meals each week day through its programs and network of partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, child and adult day cares and other nonprofit and community organizations throughout Central Virginia. FeedMore’s comprehensive programs, like the Summer Food Service Program, Mobile Pantry and Commodity Supplemental Food Program, are dedicated to providing healthy meals to neighbors who face hunger. Last year, through its Partner Agency Network and programs, FeedMore distributed more than 19.2 million meals to neighbors in need across Central Virginia.

 

“We’re committed to addressing the most critical needs in the communities where we live and work.  Often those needs are the most basic ones, like ensuring that everyone in the community has enough food to live a healthy, productive life,” said Chad Jester, president of the Nationwide Foundation.  “That’s why we are proud to partner with FeedMore.”

 

To learn how you can help fight hunger in your community, please visit FeedMore.org.

FeedMore Receives $2,500 Grant for Meals on Wheels Pet Program

June 14, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core-hunger relief organization, announced that it has received a $2,500 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its Meals for Pets program. Funding from the grant will help FeedMore continue to provide food, supplies and care for Meals on Wheels recipients with pets – all of which can be financially and physically burdensome.

 

“We understand the important role pets play in combatting feelings of isolation and loneliness in our Meals on Wheels recipients,” said Doug Pick, Chief Executive Officer at FeedMore. “This grant will help us continue to ensure our region’s homebound seniors and disabled neighbors, and their furry companions, can remain living at home with dignity and are taken care of in mind, body and spirit.”

 

In total, Meals on Wheels America has granted $300,000 to 193 local Meals on Wheels programs through the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative this year. Funding is made possible in part through a donation from Banfield Charitable Trust. To date, the grant program has distributed more than $2.4 million in funding and pet food donations.

 

“While the benefits of companionship are clear, taking care of a pet can be financially and physically challenging for seniors,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “Meals on Wheels Loves Pets help local Meals on Wheels providers alleviate this hardship and at the same time reduce the negative effects of isolation.”

This grant will help FeedMore provide pet food to 208 Meals on Wheels pet owners in Central Virginia, serving 281 pets.

 

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

FeedMore’s Summer Food Service Program Fights Summer Hunger

June 12, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will once again be providing free breakfast and lunch meals to thousands of children and teens this summer across greater Richmond.  Created to ensure that kids and teens of low-income households continue to receive meals during the summer when school is not in session, FeedMore’s SFSP provides well-balanced meals during the week to children and teens, 18 years and younger, free of charge.

 

“Our continued participation in the Summer Food Service Program allows us to provide thousands of healthy meals to children and teens who struggle with hunger,” said Ruth Ann Caplice, Children’s Nutrition Program Manager at FeedMore.  “This program helps ensure our region’s kids and teens grow and develop with the nutrition they need to be successful when the next school year begins in the fall.”

 

SFSP meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all kids and teens. Last summer, FeedMore provided over 134,478 breakfast and lunch meals to more than 1,700 children across the region.

 

For more information on FeedMore’s SFSP and for complete list of FeedMore’s open and closed/enrolled Summer Food Service Program sites, please visit FeedMore.org/summer.  Please note, this list is updated several times throughout the summer.

 

About FeedMore

FeedMore is Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization dedicated to providing neighbors in need with healthy meals and hope for a better tomorrow.  With a service area that stretches across 34 cities and counties, FeedMore helps the nearly 200,000 children, families and seniors in Central Virginia who struggle with hunger.  Working to efficiently and effectively fight hunger, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach, comprehensive programs and network of more than 300 partner agencies are dedicated to providing neighbors who face hunger with one of the most basic necessities: nourishment.  For additional information, please visit FeedMore.org, find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

 

Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability amnd there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-03027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.giv/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.  To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by (1) Mail:   USDA, Director, Office of ther Assitant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410; (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442 or; (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov

 

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FeedMore Receives Grant from Morgan Stanley for Pilot School Pantry Program

June 1, 2017

Richmond, VA - FeedMore today announced a $50,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to fund its pilot School Pantry program in Prince Edward and Halifax counties, a child-hunger initiative that helps low-income families have a readily accessible source of healthy and nutritious food to prepare at home.  Employees from Richmond-area branches presented the check and volunteered at FeedMore as part of Morgan Stanley’s “Feeding Kids Around the Clock” initiative, a full day of activities across the globe to help the fight against childhood hunger.

 

The Foundation is awarding a total of $750,000 in grants this month to food banks across the country.  Employees from the Firm are also volunteering today in 40 different locations, including Boston, to pack and sort food in preparation for the summer, when four out of five children who typically received reduced and free lunches through schools, lose that access to nutrition.  Through its partnership with Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks of which FeedMore is a part, the Foundation has given more than $21 million to help launch, expand and sustain critical childhood feeding programs including summer feeding programs.

 

“We are thrilled to receive this impactful grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation in support of our efforts to deliver more nutritious meals to children and families in Central Virginia,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore.  “Morgan Stanley and its employees provide vital support for FeedMore by generous contributions like this and many hours volunteering.”

 

“We are honored to be able to help FeedMore in its important fight against child hunger,” said Morgan Stanley Branch Manager Hugh Steiner. “We are delighted to extend our support through this grant and provide even more children with the foods they need to learn, grow and thrive.” 

 

“Grants like this from Morgan Stanley make a vital difference in our efforts to provide children with the nutritious meals they need every day,” said Andy Wilson, Chief Development Officer at Feeding America. “More than 13 million children in the United States live at risk of hunger. Together, we can solve hunger and ensure that children have the fuel they need to grow healthy and strong.”

 

Morgan Stanley employees were scheduled to participate in “Feeding Kids Around The Clock” events in more than 40 locations in the United States.

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