News Makers Todd Jones and Gerry Maiatico on their friendly Camping for Hunger competition

Scott Bradley speaks with Todd Jones and Gerry Maiatico about their friend competition between Warren County Government and Warren County Fire and Rescue for Camping for Hunger.

There is still time to make a donation for Camping for Hunger by going to one of the many drop off locations throughout town, including at the Warren County Government Offices and the fire station, as well as our main location at the Royal Plaza.

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News Makers Todd Jones and Gerry Maiatico on their friendly Camping for Hunger competition

Scott Bradley speaks with Todd Jones and Gerry Maiatico about their friend competition between Warren County Government and Warren County Fire and Rescue for Camping for Hunger.

There is still time to make a donation for Camping for Hunger by going to one of the many drop off locations throughout town, including at the Warren County Government Offices and the fire station, as well as our main location at the Royal Plaza.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

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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Gearing up for the 15th year of Camping for Hunger

For the 15th consecutive year, The River 95.3 and WFTR/Fox Sports 1450 will be hosting
‘Camping for Hunger,’ from Monday, November 13th through Saturday, November 18th to collection of food & monetary donations as well as raise awareness of hunger in the northern Shenandoah Valley.
Since 2008, donation totals for the Camping for Hunger Project have exceeded 190,000 pounds of food and supplies such as personal hygiene items and over $135,000 in cash and gift cards.
On average, the total amount of food and money collected each year provides approximately six months’ worth of food for C-Cap’s pantry program.
On-air personalities Lonnie Hill, Randy Woodward, Ryan Rutherford and Scott Bradley along with station owner, Andrew Shearer and other staff members will again take to sleeping on the bus, which will be parked at the Royal Plaza Shopping Center.
During the week-long camp-out event, The River 95.3 will broadcast live asking for community support and donations for Front Royal/Warren County C-Cap’s food pantry. In-person collections will take place during Camping Week at the bus and at area businesses and organizations.

A list of drop-off locations can be found by click here, along with an
online donation link, direct to C-CAP.
Royal Broadcasting President, Andrew Shearer commented, “For the 15th year, my staff and our neighbors will sacrifice a little of themselves, with either money, non-perishable food, or their time to help those in need. C-CAP has indicated they have seen a nearly 100% increase in requests for assistance in 2023.”
“Our partners for the past 14 years have included the Front Royal Police Department, Warren
County Fire & Rescue, Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Warren County Government,
Royal Plaza Shopping Center, Century Link, Dominion Ridge Academy, and C-CAP. These
organizations help us with the set-up and resources necessary to undertake such a large event. Numerous local companies host in-house food drives, which helps add to the totals and support. All donations stay in our local community,” according to Shearer.
The River 95.3 and WFTR/Fox Sports 1450 are committed to continuing to serve the community through direct-involvement events and activities. For more information, contact the station: 540- 635-4121; email: campingforhunger@theriver953.com or visit

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