BRAFB receives record setting donation

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The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank received a record donation today through a partnership between Perdue Farms and Feeding America.

A ceremony was held at 10 am this morning at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank headquarters in Verona to announce the donation of 80,000 pounds of frozen chicken breasts to the food bank and their partner agencies throughout the region.

During the donation, the organization highlighted the heightened need for food, especially in a Leap Year.

The food bank reports that 1 in 12 people, including 1 in 12 children, in the Blue Ridge area experience hunger and on a Leap Year, that creates another day families will need to put food on the table.

Across the country, Perdue Farms and Feeding America are donating over 70 tractor trailer loads of No Antibiotics Ever chicken totaling over 3.3 million pounds or roughly 2.75 million servings.

This is Blue Ridge Area Food Banks second large donation over the past month.

In February, the food bank received a donation of 30,000 meals from Food Lion’s Score to Give More program during James Madison University’s basketball games.

All season long, Food Lion donated 100 meals for each free throw made by the Dukes.

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News Maker Joanne Koszyk on grants provided for C-CAP

Front Royal Warren County Congregational Community Action Project (C-CAP) has received some assistance from Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB).

We spoke to C-CAP’s Executive Director Joanne Koszyk about it in our latest news maker.

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Joanne tells us that BRAFB chose this C-CAP because they are already ahead of the game.

She also tells us what the funding will do for the organization.

Joanne also tells us that the Front Royal Warren County C-CAP is ready for some gardening and looking for volunteers.

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T-Mobile awards $10,000 to BRAFB to fight food insecurity

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank was one of five recipients of $10,000 from T-Mobile’s Difference Maker Award.

T-Mobile employees from around Virginia were able to select organizations they felt were deserving of the Difference Maker Award.

The quarterly recognition program launched earlier this year to recognize top-ranked business performance areas across the company.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank was awarded the funds for their work in providing food for people living with hunger across 25 counties and 8 cities.

The Food Bank operated four distribution centers in Winchester, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, and Verona.

During the presentation Millie Winstead, the Director of Development and Community Engagement at the Food Bank said, “With colder months ahead and inflation still very much present, our guests face unfathomable choices between putting food on their table, heating their home, or paying for other critical, daily expenses. Partners like T-Mobile help the Food Bank fill those gaps and set a place at the table for everyone.”

You can help fight food insecurity with The River 95.3 this week during Camping For Hunger by stopping by one of the many drop off locations around town or the big yellow school bus at the Royal Plaza.

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News Maker Jacob Matz explains how BRAFB supports pantries

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB) supports food pantries like the Front Royal Warren County Congregational Community Action Project (C-CAP).

In fact BRAFB supports Food Pantries throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

We spoke with BRAFB’s Partner Encouragement Manager Jacob Matz about supporting the effort to feed those in need in our latest news maker.

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Jacob explains how the need has grown since the end of COVID-19 relief benefits and inflation.

He also tells how BRAFB works to combat food insecurity valley wide.

Jacob also tells us that supporting Camping for Hunger is one of the best ways to help in the effort.

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News Maker Les Sinclair of BRAFB supporting local food pantries

Food insecurity continues to be a problem throughout the Shenandoah Valley in fact more then ever.

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB) supports food pantries in the region to battle the problem.

We spoke with BRAFB Communications Manager Les Sinclair about it in our latest news maker.

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Les tells us the difference between a food bank and a food pantry and how they work together to feed those in need.

He also tells us how you can help in the effort.

Les also tells us that opportunities like the annual Camping for Hunger campaign is an important way to supply local food pantries as well as BRAFB.

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GIANT announces $150,000 donation to BRAFB

Martins and The GIANT Company announced they will volunteer and donate $150,000 to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s Partner Impact & Innovation Grants program.

The program supports agency partners with equipment and supplies to ensure safe food distribution.

This includes purchasing energy efficient, large capacity coolers and freezers, shelving carts, generators, and supporting mobile food distribution.

This donation is part of GIANT Company’s 100th anniversary celebration which honors team members, customers, and the communities they serve.

GIANT has donated more than $500,000 and 2.3 million pounds of food to support Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s food security initiatives since 2021.

Michael McKee, CEO of the Food Bank said, “Together, we set a place at the table for everyone, every day, so more guests throughout our service area have access to the food they need. This investment will help the entire community as rising costs create more demand for hunger relief services.”

You can help fight food insecurity during The River 95.3’s 15th Camping For Hunger which begins November 13th.

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Central Outfitters hosts Open House

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Central High School is holding an open house for their program Central Outfitters from 10 am to 2 pm today at the High School.

Central Outfitters offers free, new and gently used clothing and toiletries donated from local organizations.

A partnership with Blue Ridge Area Food Bank helps them provide breakfast, lunch, dinner and other food options.

During the open house, their will also be numerous community organizations to speak with, children’s activities, and job training personnel.

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Valley Health celebrates 29th Annual Community Wellness Festival

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Today is the 29th Annual Valley Health Community Wellness Festival.

From 10 am to 5 pm at the Apple Blossom Mall, there will be over 80 health wellness and fitness exhibits, fitness demonstrations, and a children focused wellness experience.

There will also be free or low cost health screenings for blood pressure checks, blood glucose testing, cardiovascular screenings, and more.

They will also be collecting donations for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank at the Valley Health Mobile Coach in the mall parking lot or at the festival headquarters inside.

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News Maker Jacob Matz on SNAP emergency benefits ending

The last of the emergency COVID-19 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be delivered on Feb. 16.

We spoke with the Partner Engagement Manger for Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB) Winchester Branch Jacob Matz in our latest news maker.

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Jacob explains how SNAP benefits help those suffering from food insecurity.

He also explains what the end of the emergency allotments means to those receiving SNAP benefits.

Jacob also explains what a person can do to help supplement the lack of funding.

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News Maker Michael McKee on Pres. Biden’s initiative

During the first ever White House conference on hunger President Biden called for the end of food insecurity and nutritional inefficiency by the end of the decade.

We spoke to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s CEO Michael McKee about actually reaching that goal in our latest news maker.

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Michael focused on the nutritional inefficiency portion of the initiative explaining that it can be done.

He explained how Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is helping to accomplish the goal.

Michael also explained how through Blue Ridge Area Food Bank the effort and effect is statewide.

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