The holidays are approaching, and that gets me thinking a lot about families in the Richmond area and beyond who will have a hard time feeding their kids and elderly relatives this year. In fact, I think about that a lot, and I'm lucky enough to work with people who think like I do. That's why Colleen (eComEngine's marketing manager and my lovely boss) and I decided to help Feed More, the area's fantastic hunger relief association.
About Feed More
Feed More's service area includes 34 cities and counties in Central Virginia. Their mission is to feed the hungry in Central Virginia, and there are many programs and an Agency Network that help them achieve that goal.
The programs include the hunger hotline, where anyone who needs help can get in touch with Feed More and get help. Meals on Wheels and a Commodity Supplemental Food Program serve the seniors in our community with regular meals and nutritional supplemental food, respectively. The BackPack program provides food to children prior to weekends and vacations so that they have enough food for the time out of school. There's a mobile pantry, a summer food service program, and emergency food assistance program and more.
In addition to all the wonderful programs, Feed More also has an Agency Network made up of almost 300 non-profits and community organizations that include food pantries, churches, rehab centers, soup kitchens, child care centers and emergency shelters.
Colleen and Liz Go Shopping
We figured we could get the most "bang for our buck" at Walmart. We grabbed a cart, pulled Feed More's Most Wanted Items list, and started shopping in earnest. We filled our carts with lean canned protein (tuna and salmon in water), peanut butter (I insisted on JIF), canned vegetables, canned fruit, tomato products, beans, healthy snacks, whole grains and whole grain cereal. We paid, packed it into both of our vehicles, and headed to our Feed More location to donate the food.
Weighing In at Feed More
At the drop-off door, a volunteer helped us unload all the many bags of food and get them onto a cart for weighing. We found out that, ironically, $279 worth of food ended up weighing 279 pounds! The volunteers at Feed More were so grateful for our charitable contribution, and we are proud to know it will help dozens of families. After picking up volunteer applications, we headed our different directions to finish out the day, happy that we'd done some good for our local community.
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Originally published on November 13, 2018, updated August 26, 2019
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