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Behind the Scenes of the Community Kitchen at Lewis GinterAugust 19, 2015 • Style Weekly
It’s a blazing hot summer day, but there are six volunteers working in Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s community kitchen garden. They’re helping to harvest chard, squash and cucumbers, among other things.
All of the bounty will go to FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels and Kid’s Café programs, its summer food service program and five adult day care centers.
“We work with FeedMore to make sure that we get a variety of crops they can really use,” says Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter’s public relations and marketing coordinator. “You learn as you go.”
One year the garden grew heirloom tomatoes — lovely to look at and tasting great — but they didn’t transport well, and FeedMore gently asked if perhaps it could grow something easier to prep, such as cherry tomatoes.
The partnership, which started in 2009, was the inspiration of Lewis Ginter’s former president and executive director, Frank Robinson, and FeedMore’s former president and chief executive, Fay Lohr.
“We prepare a variety of dishes with the vegetables donated by Lewis Ginter,” says Amory James, FeedMore’s food production manager. “Anything from pasta salad to summer casseroles to stews to roasted vegetables. We’re able to incorporate all of the produce into our meals for our clients.”
Eliminate your Richmond Public Library Late Fees and Help FeedMore TooSeptember 2, 2015 • WTVR.com
RICHMOND, Va. – Borrowing books from the library is blissfully free, until forgotten items become a roadblock of late fees that keep you from checking out all the books (and movies! and computers! and musical instruments!) — until your account is paid and in good graces again. Now you have the chance to think of September as a month to start fresh, and to help your local food bank while doing so.
With September being “Library Card Sign-up” month, as well as “Hunger Action ”month, the Richmond Public Libraries have coordinated with FeedMore to waive late fees in lieu of can food donations.
“We are thrilled to partner again this year with the Richmond Public Libraries on their Food for Fines Drive,” said Christy Dalton, Community Events Manager at FeedMore. “This is an important time for us to receive non-perishable donations as our supplies are lower following the summer months.”
"Additionally, as September is Hunger Action Month, this is a great opportunity to raise awareness throughout our community about the hunger issue and positively impact our neighbors in need,” Dalton added. All someone has to do is donate unexpired, non-perishable food items to the FeedMore collection boxes inside libraries and fines up to $10 will be forgiven. Think at least one can per $1. That allows people who have lost their cards to get free replacement cards for the months of Sept., if the account is in good standing. The Richmond libraries also hosted this last year. Chesterfield and Henrico libraries are not participating.
Puritan Cleaners 100K Meals campaignMay 29, 2015 • WRIC 8 News
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — “Can you help us feed a hungry child?”
8News has partnered up with Puritan Cleaners for the 100,000 Meals campaign.
During this two week campaign we hope to raise more than 100,000 meals for those in need in central Virginia.
People are encouraged to donate foods like peanut butter, tuna fish, rice, canned vegetables, etc. Donating money is also an option.
The food donated is immediately turned in, checked for date and quality and put into boxes and given to those in need at local food and pantries, churches and others who are in need.
The money donated allows FeedMore to purchase vegetables, meats, and other necessities to make full meals.
“What if you were hungry?” Wouldn’t you want someone to make that donation so that you knew where your next meal was coming from?
If you want to donate to the 100,000 Meals campaign, you can drop off food or funds at any area Puritan Cleaners location.
Remember a $5 donation can provide up to 25 nutritious meals.