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Area tables are set for Restaurant Week, beginning MondayApril 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.
Spring 2015 Richmond Restaurant Week Menus for April 20 - 26April 14, 2015 • CBS 6, WTVR-TV
RICHMOND, Va. — Twice a year Richmond Restaurant Week (RRW) takes place at local restaurants.
It provides the opportunity to experience either a new or favorite restaurant while helping raise money to eliminate hunger. Each meal you eat will cost $29.15.
For that amount you experience a three-course price fixed menu. The restaurants then donate $4.15 from each meal to FeedMore, the umbrella organization for the Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. To date RRW has raised over $400,000.
It is recommended that you make reservations for Restaurant Week as early as possible, because let’s face it, Richmonders love eating and deals. However, please keep in mind not all restaurants accept reservations.This year the fall event runs Oct. 19 -25.
FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry Program is Positively RichmondFeb. 27, 2015 • WRIC 8 News
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — So many families in our area live in food deserts, areas without easy access to healthy foods. There is a program that takes it to them.
“It’s coming at a time when they don’t have the right amount of money. They have to choose between medical bills or even taking care of a dog or grandchild,” says Anthony Johnson, FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry Program Coordinator.
Every week he sees what a difference it makes. FeedMore distributes bags with all the essentials for a healthy diet.
“Grocery stores are not local, they’re not close by, they’re not in walking distance, so we bring the fresh produce to them. A lot of the trucks have fresh produce and meats,” explains Johnson.
The Mobile Pantry serves five cities and 29 counties.
“We go as far as Greensville, Emporia, Brunswick, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, King William, King and Queen County, so we’re pretty spread around,” Johnson describes the program’s reach.
Every month FeedMore holds fifteen to seventeen pantries throughout the region, offering nourishment to people of all ages.
Four teens go on a food shopping spree with Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffeFebruary 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 distributionFebruary 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 EmporiaJanuary 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.