Tag: hunger

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Rising wages nationally don’t mean less hunger locally

Last week, the Census Bureau announced that wages grew among middle and low-income Americans in 2015.


National study shows food insecurity up in Central, Western Virginia

More families in Central and Western Virginia continue to struggle with hunger during the weak economic recovery, according to results from the recently released Map the Meal Gap 2015.


Robert E. Lee High School dance to raise money for Stop Hunger Now

Robert E. Lee High School’s Key Club and National Honor Society are coming together to stop hunger now in a fun way.


Food Bank to provide more healthy food in coming year

Buying unhealthy, inexpensive food is one of the most common ways that client households of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank stretch their dollars, a recent study of hunger reveals.


Bill Yates and The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band at Court Square Theater

Bluegrass fans will immediately recognize the name Bill Yates for his many years as a member of Country Gentlemen. Bill played bass and sang harmony through many lineup changes, staying with Charlie Waller for 20+ years, starting in 1969.


Kroger contributes to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division today presented the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank with more than $30,000. Kroger is donating $5,000 of the total for a new refrigerated trailer for the Food Bank to pick up and deliver food to soup kitchens, shelters and food pantries in its area.


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David Swanson: Intersection of mistakes with misdeeds

On a pleasant spring day in December it’s nice to drive past the endlessly under-construction intersection of Route 250 and McIntire Road and realize that the darn thing must nearly be completed. It looks sturdy and attractive.


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McAuliffe announces council to tackle nutritional divide

To help bridge the nutritional divide in Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced a new council that will seek to eliminate childhood hunger and promote Virginia’s agriculture industry.


Food Bank clients face tough choices this holiday season

Families on limited incomes throughout the Blue Ridge area continue to make difficult choices between their basic needs and putting food on the table, according to a recent study of hunger in the area.


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McAuliffe executive order establishes Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide

Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order establishing the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide, which will be chaired by First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe.


Press Conference: Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III talks with reporters on Tuesday. The Redskins (3-6) have a bye this week.


New Food Bank hunger study shows majority of clients work

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank today released a new study—Hunger in America 2014, a comprehensive demographic profile of people seeking charitable food assistance in the Blue Ridge area.


Shamrock Farms Augusta County milk plant opens its doors

Shamrock Farms announced on Friday the grand opening of its Augusta County milk plant. The plant officially opened yesterday with a small ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Todd P. Haymore.


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Virginia Hunger Symposium: BRCC raises hunger awareness and money for Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Blue Ridge Community College and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB) are partnering once again to raise the profile of hunger, both locally and abroad.


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McAuliffe announces increase in summer meals feeding sites for 2014

Today Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the number of feeding sites for the national Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) increased from 1,539 in 2013 to 1,590 this year.


Food Lion Feeds launches effort to provide 1 million meals

Food Lion is partnering with its customers to help solve hunger by launching specially marked Food Lion Feeds bagged apples for sale in its stores this week.


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Hunger Action Month begins at Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Hunger advocates from the Blue Ridge area and across the country will be wearing orange on Thursday, September 4 in an effort to raise awareness of the 49 million people in the United States who struggle with hunger.


Virginia Department of Health kicks off summer food program for kids

School may be out for the summer, but for many children across Virginia, hunger does not take a break. Thanks to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Virginia Department of Health, many children in Virginia are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch this summer.


First Lady, broadcasters launch Feeding Virginia

This week, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and the Virginia Association of Broadcasters launched Feeding Virginia, a year-long campaign against hunger.


My Clean Kitchen: Five tips for a healthier road trip

It’s summer vacation road trip season! I’m getting ready to pack my family in the car for a summer road trip. As any mom, or parent for that matter, knows a road trip with a small child can be a nightmare.


Earth Talk: Fighting hunger by better managing ocean resources

Hunger is a growing problem around the world, in both developing and developed countries. As our population continues to rise, the amount of arable land per capita is declining and climate change is either drying out or flooding many formerly productive agricultural belts, making it more and more difficult to keep up with the growing demand for food.


First Lady, USDA kick off summer meals program

A cafeteria full of students, parents and educators welcomed Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and other officials to Coleman Place Elementary School today to officially kick off the start of the Summer Food Service Program in Virginia.


Nationwide study reveals high hunger rates in the Shenandoah Valley

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank announced today that the annual Map the Meal Gap results show that food insecurity continues to remain high in the Blue Ridge area.


Volunteers Needed to End Hunger

Senior hunger increasingly puts individuals at greater health risks and puts an additional strain on charity food providers. You can join a dedicated group of volunteers who want to put an end to this problem!


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Valley Program for Aging Services joins National Movement to End Senior Hunger

Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS), in partnership with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and with support from the Walmart Foundation, has joined a nationwide effort to fight senior hunger by dramatically increasing participation by eligible seniors in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


Dinner Diva: Eat like a caveman on the go-traveling while paleo

When most folks first decide to adopt a Paleo lifestyle, they tend to prepare their own food and avoid eating out at restaurants where healthy options can be hard to find.


Giant Food donates 200 hams to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank CEO Michael McKee (left) is joined by the Charlottesville, Va. Giant Food Nonperishable Manager Rick Cecil (right), during Giant Food’s annual ham donation.


Hobey Bauhan: Perspective on the Renewable Fuel Standard

Bob Dinneen’s commentary (Bob Goodlatte and the Renewable Fuel Standard, March 24, 2014) on the federal ethanol mandate is one-sided and omits important information.


Press Conference: UVa. basketball coach Tony Bennett

Transcript from UVa. basketball coach Tony Bennett’s pre-ACC Tournament press conference.


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Staunton Rotary students attend conference

Students from Lee High school and Fort Defiance High school were sponsored by the Staunton Rotary Club Rotary Youth Leadership Achievement Seminar at Virginia Tech.


Earth Talk: Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology (or “synbio”) refers to the design and fabrication of novel biological parts, devices and systems that do not otherwise occur in nature. Many see it as an extreme version of genetic engineering (GE). But unlike GE, whereby genetic information with certain desirable traits is inserted from one organism into another, synbio uses computers and chemicals to create entirely new organisms.


Leading advocate for hunger relief programs to speak at Bridgewater College

Three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and former United States Ambassador Tony P. Hall, a leading advocate for hunger relief programs and improving human rights conditions around the world, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.


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Michael Petit: Urge Congress to vote no on cuts to food assistance

Members of Congress have announced a deal on the “Farm Bill” and it just passed the House by a 251-166 margin. It will now move to the Senate. 103 Democrats voted against the Farm Bill on concerns that cuts to the food stamp program were draconian. And they’re right.


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Funding available for organizations serving summer meals to Virginia children

The Virginia Department of Health is looking for financially viable organizations that can serve meals to children during the summer months. Organizations that participate in the Summer Food Service Program will be reimbursed by VDH for the meals that are served.


Heat or Eat? Food Bank offers online tool to find emergency food assistance

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the area’s largest organization alleviating hunger in western and central Virginia, is concerned that thousands of families relying on emergency food assistance are choosing between heat and hunger this winter season.


Dixie Gas & Oil makes donation to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Dixie Gas & Oil Corporation is proud to support the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank through BP’s Fueling Communities Program with a grant donation of $1,500. The grant will help the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank alleviate hunger in western and central Virginia. The Food Bank provides nutritious food to more than 113,000 people each month.


Local Food presentation in Staunton Thursday night

“How Staunton Can Become the Local Food Capital of the East Coast” presentation by City Councilman Erik Curren followed by discussion. Free and Open to the Public. Refreshments served. Event set for Thursday, Nov. 7 from 7-8:30 pm.


Virginia Poverty Law Center launches new initiative to fight hunger

With funding from the Food Research and Action Center, the Virginia Poverty Law Center has launched a new initiative to fight hunger in the Commonwealth – Virginia Hunger Solutions. VPLC’s work in this area will be led by LaTonya Reed, public benefits staff attorney at the Center.


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Tim Kaine joins Senate colleagues in opposing food stamp cuts

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine joined 38 Senate colleagues Monday urging congressional budget conferees to fight against cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


Hungry eyes: JMU spotlights growing problem

The face of hunger is forlorn, often frantic, at times unflinching. It is also increasingly familiar. Three years after the onset of a crippling economic crisis, 1 in 6 people in America is struggling with hunger, forced to go without food for several meals or even several days. And the problem is no longer confined […]