The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank helps to provide nutritious food to over 31,000 people through our network of 152 community partners operating more than 260 food assistance programs. In 2020, the Food Bank collected and distributed over 4.4 million pounds of food and other grocery products; the equivalent of over 3.7 million meals provided to those in need.

Mission

 

Uniting the Central Rappahannock region in our commitment to fight hunger.

Vision

 

Replacing food scarcity with food security.

Values

 

Respect & Diversity – We respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person and treat all with justice, equity and compassion.  We honor the lives, concerns, and stories of people in need and expect our partners to do the same.  We accept one another and encourage diversity of thoughts and ideas, as well as ethnic, cultural, and social diversity.

 

Stewardship & Accountability – We keep faith with the public trust through the efficient and compassionate use of resources entrusted to us and are mindful that our mission is accomplished through the generosity of others.  We maintain and communicate accurate and timely information on hunger research, education, advocacy, and service.  We evaluate and account regularly for how resources are used to implement and achieve our mission.

 

Collaboration & Teamwork – We believe in our community's power to effectively fight hunger. We collaborate and build strong relationships, based on trust and cooperation with those who share our vision of creating a hunger-free community. We extend our collaborative spirit to include state and national partnerships that strengthen our capacity to serve our community.

 

Service – We believe service is fundamental to creating a hunger-free community.  We serve responsibly, with excellence and compassion, to meet the needs of those with whom we work, internally and externally.  We believe our spirit of service must always be directed towards the benefit of our neighbors who utilize our services.

 

Integrity – We act with honesty, trust, and openness and deliver on commitments.  We act within the spirit of agreements, contracts, and the law.  Our intentions and actions will be transparent and above reproach.

Advocacy – We recognize that often those we serve are among the marginalized. We pledge to help empower their voices, promote their dignity, and champion their cause. We communicate the realities of food insecurity and share the challenge in conquering them to promote community opportunities for helping fulfill our mission and vision.

History

1982: The Fredericksburg Area Food Relief Clearinghouse was established. The concept for the organization was to help families and individuals in need throughout Planning District 16 (the counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline, King George and the City of Fredericksburg) as well as neighboring communities. The idea was to obtain surplus food through retail & wholesale food outlets and re-distributing the food to those in need with the help of their 28 founding members which included many of the downtown churches, social services agencies, domestic violence shelters and community homes.

The first full-scale food pantry was opened at 304 George St in Fredericksburg during the winter of 1981-1982. During that first winter the facility distributed 13,000 pounds of food to those in need.

 

Mid 1980's: The Clearinghouse outgrew its downtown location and rented a warehouse on Little Page St. During this time the Clearinghouse became affiliated with the Central Virginia Food Bank in Richmond, thus increasing the variety of foods available.

 

1991: Further expansion occurred when the Clearinghouse relocated to 310 Central Rd in the Fredericksburg Industrial Park.

1994: It became evident that the Food Relief Clearinghouse had outgrown its home at 310 Central Rd and was in need of a new location. Spearheading a capital works project, the Board of Directors saw to a new warehouse being completed in June. With this change of location food distribution increased to 500,000 pounds annually and became a certified affiliate with The Second Harvest Food Bank Network (Currently known as Feeding America). The affiliation with Second Harvest helped to bring in a number of strategic advantages to the Food Bank.

 

1995: Following the spirit of change, the Fredericksburg Area Food Relief Clearinghouse changed its name to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank (FAFB)

 

1996: The FRFB received its very first grant this year for a total of $7,500.00

 

1999: The FRFB's Club Kids Program (formerly Kids Cafe) began. Over 3,000 kids are being fed monthly at sites throughout our service area. Sites are located at schools, faith-based organizations, the Boys and Girls Club, and Bragg Hill Family Life Center.

 

2001: The FRFB broke its distribution record this year by distributing 1 million pounds of food to those in need.

2003: The FRFB's Food for Life Program began with just 8 clients and has now grown to serve over 1,000 clients each month.

2006: After twelve years at 1327 Alum Spring Rd, the Board of Directors purchased a larger warehouse in Spotsylvania County due to the Food Bank's continued growth going from a 10,000 sq foot warehouse to a 32,000 sq foot warehouse!

 

2009: The FRFB's School Food Pantry Program began with Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School!

 

2010: The FRFB's Mobile Pantry began with a site in Colonial Beach serving 48 families on its first run.

 

2011: The FRFB's Food-4-Kidz Weekend Feeding Program began with Spotswood Elementary School!

 

2012: The FRFB launches its Kids On The Go Summer Feeding Program this year. Our pilot site served over 300 children during the Summer of 2012.

 

2014: The community of Locust Grove, zip code 22508, has been added to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank's service area.

 

2015: The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank (FAFB) changed its name to the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank (FRFB)

2021: The FRFB's OrderAhead Program was starting, allowing neighbors to place grocery orders for pickup at various locations throughout our community.