Richmond Christmas Mother Awards FeedMore $25,000 Grant to Provide Special Holiday Meals to Families

November 27, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Christmas Mother Fund announced that it has awarded a $25,000 grant to FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization, to provide meals to 2,000 families during the holiday season. The meals will be distributed to neighbors throughout greater Richmond next month through FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry, which takes nutritious meals to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy and affordable food.


“We have so much to be thankful for this time of year and this wonderful grant from the Richmond Christmas Mother will certainly help us spread the holiday spirit to the families we help throughout Richmond,” said Doug Pick, Chief Executive Officer at FeedMore. “For many of us, food serves as the centerpiece of our fondest memories and we are incredibly grateful to have the continued support of the Richmond Christmas Mother and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In addition to nourishing our neighbors with this special holiday meal, we are also showing them that we care, that Richmond cares, that they are remembered and we are here for them in their times of need.” 


FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry program distributes approximately 92,000 pounds of food monthly to underserved communities with limited access to grocery stores. With nearly 20 distribution sites across Central Virginia, the Mobile Pantry is committed to providing families with a variety of perishable and nonperishable food items for well-balanced meals.


“We have been impressed with FeedMore’s efforts to attack hunger in new ways during the Christmas season by distributing healthy food to families in need through its Mobile Pantry,” said Thomas A. Silvestri, president and publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and chair of the Richmond Christmas Mother Committee. “On behalf of our generous donors, we are able to fulfill one important aspect of our mission of making sure families in need don’t go hungry on Christmas.”


In addition to this generous donation to FeedMore, 48 local nonprofit groups will receive a total of $75,000 this holiday season as part of a yearly grant program administered by the Richmond Christmas Mother Committee and The Community Foundation of Richmond.  


For more information on FeedMore’s hunger-fighting efforts, please visit


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, find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.


About Richmond Christmas Mother Fund
The Richmond Christmas Mother Fund seeks to support those in need in Central Virginia during the holiday season by helping to provide food and holiday meals, toys, gifts, clothing, and transportation to holiday events. The community effort is coordinated by the Richmond Times-Dispatch's five-person Richmond Christmas Mother Committee, a non-profit organization. The Richmond Christmas Mother Fund started in 1935, evolving out of the Richmond News Leader’s Empty Stocking Fund and the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Good Fellow Club.  To date, the Richmond Christmas Mother Fund has raised more than $7.5 million.  For additional information on the Richmond Christmas Mother Fund, please visit us here.



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Kroger Providing Food and Fuel for FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels

November 15, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. – This Thanksgiving, Kroger Mid-Atlantic has teamed up with FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization, to cover the cost of a special Thanksgiving meal for nearly 900 seniors and homebound neighbors in FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program.  Kroger is also making the week of Thanksgiving extra special for FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers by handing out fuel gift cards.


“We’re very thankful to have a partner like Kroger who is always looking for creative and meaningful ways to join us in the fight against hunger in Central Virginia,” said Tim McDermott, Chief Development Officer at FeedMore. “Our volunteers give so much to us each and every day and it’s a great feeling to be able to provide them with a little something extra this holiday season to recognize their continued commitment and dedication to our mission and most importantly, our recipients.”


On Wednesday, November 22, Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers will deliver the Thanksgiving meals to recipients on 94 routes across 14 localities throughout greater Richmond and the Tri-cities.  Kroger donated the full cost of the special holiday meal, saving FeedMore nearly $3,500. The Thanksgiving meal includes roast turkey and gravy, cornbread stuffing, honey glazed carrots, green beans amandine, a whole wheat roll, cranberry sauce and apple-glazed carrot cake. For recipeints with specific dietary restrictions, the menu is adjusted to accommodate their nutritional requirements.


Additionally, to offset the cost of fuel and show thanks for their generosity, all 376 Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers during the week of Thanksgiving will receive a Kroger gift card.  The average Meals on Wheels driver follows a 13-mile route that takes roughly 55 minutes to complete. Kroger will provide each driver with a $10 Kroger gift card to be redeemed at Kroger Fuel Centers.


“As part of our commitment to Zero Hunger, Zero Waste, we’re creating innovative initiatives, like Thanksgiving Fueled By Kroger, to help those most vulnerable in our communities. We are thrilled to be able to partner with FeedMore in this capacity for the third year in a row,” said Allison McGee, corporate affairs manager at Kroger Mid-Atlantic. “On top of helping those in need, it’s important to recognize those people who go above and beyond. We consider it a great opportunity to be able to show appreciation to the Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers while offsetting costs for FeedMore of the Thanksgiving meal.”


Since 2014, Kroger Mid-Atlantic has donated more than 2 million meals to FeedMore through a variety of initiatives, including coin box donations, icon sales, corporate donations, partnerships, perishable donations and other community events.


About Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division


The Mid-Atlantic Division operates 122 stores, 119 pharmacies and 93 fuel centers in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio.  Headquartered in Roanoke, the Mid-Atlantic Division is dedicated to making a difference in the communities it serves by supporting hunger relief, women’s health, our troops and their families, and local schools and grassroots organizations.  Kroger is also a strong supporter of the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and organizations that promote the advancement of women and minorities.  Fortune magazine named Kroger the “most generous company in America” and The Reputation Institute ranked Kroger among the Top 100 of America’s Most Reputable Companies.  For more information, visit

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