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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News Maker Kaitlyn Lambert on food insecurity at college

Food insecurity among students is surprisingly high at Laurel Ridge Community College campuses.

We spoke with Assistant Director of Financial Aid Kaitlyn Lambert of Laurel Ridge Community College about it in our latest news maker.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

Kaitlyn explains what the school is doing to help students with food insecurity.

She also tells us about the grants awarded to help with the effort.

Kaitlyn also explains the various opportunities available for students at all the Laurel Ridge Community College locations.

Click here for Kaitlyn’s interview.

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Va Senators shine light on food insecurity

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined 30 of their colleagues in a letter urging Congress to fight food insecurity.

The main focus was on child nutrition waivers.

The waivers are set to expire on June 30th and were originally part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

They also urged for an expansion of community eligibility and the creation of a summer EBT program.

Food insecurity is heightened during the summer for children when they lose access to school meals.

The letter was also endorsed by numerous child care and health organizations like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, the American Heart Association, and Feeding America.

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C-Cap helps feed the children with Camping for Hunger

According to Feeding America almost 800,000 people in Virginia are food insecure of those over 200,000 are children.

Hungry children struggle with concentration and thus struggle with their education.

The Front Royal Warren County Congregational Community Action Project (C-Cap) is preparing several backpack programs specifically designed to help children with their food insecurity.

Items like Lunchables, Snackables, Trail mixes and other items like this is perfect for this program.

Any of those items or any non perishable food items are accepted at any of the locations listed here.

Where monetary donations for C-Cap are important those non perishable food items are just as important to fill those immediate needs of the hungry.

You can make a monetary donation to C-Cap and Camping for Hunger at this link.

Either way we thank you for any support you can offer including volunteering for C-Cap and the Camping for Hunger campaign.

We begin loading the bus at the station parking lot at 1106 Elm St. Front Royal Nov. 15 through the 20.

You will find all Camping for Hunger information by clicking here.

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