Oya Oliver, President & CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank (FRFB) was named Citizen of the Year by Elk Lodge #875. At the Elks Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 24, Mrs. Oliver was commended for her commitment to a creating a hunger-free community by Lodge President, Tim Henderson. Mr. Henderson shares that Mrs. Oliver was selected “for her long-term dedication to the FRFB. Mrs. Oliver has done such a masterful job of adapting the Food Bank to meet the needs of the region, which has experienced tremendous growth changes.” Mrs. Oliver started as a volunteer with the food bank in 1982 and eventually becoming Board Director. Mrs. Oliver has been working for the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank continuously since 1992. The food bank serves as the food hub for our region, stocking the shelves of 69 non-profit and faith-based pantries throughout Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and Locust Grove.
During her time at the FRFB, Mrs. Oliver has increased food distribution from 1 million pounds to 4.2 million pounds in 2017, the equivalent of 3.5 million meals. She has also expanded programming to include children, seniors, and a Mobile Pantry that distributes food directly from a refrigerated truck in remote and underserved areas. “Oya Oliver is a compassionate leader in the fight against hunger and an inspiration to everyone she meets. She always says that if everyone just does a little something, the world would be a better place,” said Elizabeth Gilkey, Grant Writer for the FRFB, at the banquet when she introduced Mrs. Oliver.
Mrs. Oliver encouraged people to donate their time, talents, food, and make donations. Currently, each $1.00 donation will provide two meals back out into the community. “Have you ever looked into the face of a hungry child,” she asked after receiving her award. “It is the saddest thing you will ever see. With 1 in 5 children in our community being hungry, we must work together to solve hunger.”
For more information on how you can support the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and the fight against hunger, please call (540) 371-7666 or go to the website, www.fredfood.org.
About Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank
Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank – Serving Planning District 16 which includes the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, the City of Fredericksburg, and Locust Grove. The food bank secures and distributes more than 4.2 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. The FRFB provides support for 69 local charitable agencies, operating more than 160 programs including emergency shelters, food pantries, Food for Life senior feeding, the Mobile Pantry program, Club Kids after-school snack program, Food-4-Families School Pantry program and the Kids on the Go Summer Feeding. For more information on the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, please visit http://www.fredfood.org