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FeedMore delivers its 7 millionth meal on wheels

May 20, 2015 • Richmond Times-Dispatch

     For the 7 millionth time Tuesday morning, a Meals on Wheels volunteer brought a Richmond-area resident a meal and a little companionship.

     Helen Heinzen, 102, was the center of the fanfare as recipient of meal 7 million — shaved ribeye with spinach soufflé and honey-glazed carrots. The meal also included cake, juice and a roll.

     Ceremonially, the meal was delivered by volunteers Louise Tramontin and Otis Belk. Tramontin, who is 98, has been delivering meals for the program since the year it started, 1967.

     The man to actually carry the prepackaged feast to Heinzen on a silver platter was chef Armory James.

     The meal came on a borrowed trolley bus with bright balloons, a small crowd and a press gaggle.

     “I’m overwhelmed,” Heinzen said.

     Tramontin said volunteering with Meals on Wheels involves all her heart.

     Heinzen said she enjoys socializing with the volunteers who bring her meals. “They talk with me,” Heinzen said. “We just have a good time. I enjoy them all.”

Woman, 102, receives 7 millionth Meals on Wheels

May 20, 2015 • WWBT-TV NBC 12

     HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - When Helen received her Meals On Wheels delivery Tuesday afternoon, she got more than she counted on: lots of lots of company.

     The 102-year-old Henrico woman was the focus of a FeedMore milestone. She was the recipient of its seven-millionth Meals on Wheels delivery.

     The local Meals On Wheels program began almost 50 years ago with eight clients. Today, it serves over 900 meals to 700 people in Richmond and the surrounding counties.

     For clients like Helen, it's a matter of food, companionship, and independence: "They are all wonderful," says Helen. "They come and we talk together, and talk with me, and we just have a good time and I enjoy them all."

     "Whatever I've done, I've done with all my heart," adds a volunteer named Louise, who also had reason to celebrate. She's been with the organization since the very beginning, marking 50 years of volunteer service.

Area tables are set for Restaurant Week, beginning Monday

April 15, 2015 • Richmond Times-Dispatch

     Get your appetites and wallets ready, Richmond restaurant lovers, because Richmond Restaurant Week starts Monday.

     For nearly 15 years, dozens of local restaurants have put together three-course prix fixe menus for the annual dining week, and in doing so, the dining community has raised more than $300,000 for FeedMore, the umbrella organization that includes the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and the Community Kitchen.

     By now, most know the backstory.

     In 2001, Acacia mid-town owner Aline Reitzer launched the first Richmond Restaurant Week, modeled on the one she grew up going to in New York City. To differentiate it, Reitzer added in a charitable portion, asking participating restaurants to donate a bit more than $2 of every meal purchased during restaurant week to go to the local food bank.

     “Richmond Restaurant Week commitment is twofold: to create a positive consumer event for the local restaurant community while raising money and awareness for FeedMore,” Reitzer said. “FeedMore’s programs provide hunger relief to our region’s most vulnerable populations, particularly children, families and seniors.”

     This year, for the first time in the event’s history, Reitzer is doubling the donation to FeedMore, making it $4.15.

Press Releases

Four teens go on a food shopping spree with Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe

February 23, 2015 • FeedMore

    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.”

FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry distributes tons of food in Emporia

January 23, 2015

    Tons of much needed food was given out for free in one of Virginia’s most food insecure cities, Emporia, on Jan. 23, thanks to FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry.
    The Mobile Pantry is a refrigerated truck that delivers canned and boxed food and perishables to neighbors who live in areas with limited access to healthy and affordable food options, also known as “food deserts.” Emporia is among the top five food-insecure cities in Virginia. The Mobile Pantry goes to 14 food deserts in urban areas and feeds 5,000 each month.
    Emporia lacks a bus system, and residents who have no transportation must rely on cabs to travel to stores to buy food. A cab fare is often $10 one way and that amounts to $20 that might have bought 20 cans of protein-rich beans, said Dorothy Prince of Emporia, a volunteer at the Mobile Pantry distribution site.

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