Feed More collects, prepares and distributes food to neighbors in need across 29 counties and five cities in Central Virginia and has been a part of the Central Virginia community for more than five decades. Meals on Wheels was established in 1967, where it served just eight clients. The Central Virginia Food Bank has been in operation since 1980 and was created by 60 local churches and charities that were concerned about growing hunger and poverty in our region. In 2005, the Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels came together to build a joint kitchen to cost effectively create cooked-from-scratch meals for clients. Now known as the Community Kitchen, this led to the formal merger of the Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels and on July 1, 2008 Feed More was born.
Feed More’s Hunger Hotline helps connect individuals who are in need of emergency food assistance with a local agency or program across 34 counties and cities in Central Virginia. Our Hunger Hotline relies on a dedicated team of volunteers who help respond to requests for food each weekday. If you, or someone you know, is in need of emergency food assistance, we’re here to help. Please call 804-521-2500 x631 or visit FeedMore.org/hunger-hotline-inquiry-form to get connected with the emergency help you need.
Summer Food Service Program
Feed More’s Summer Food Service Program is a major effort to ensure that thousands of our region's children and teens receive healthy and reliable breakfast and lunch meals, free of charge, during the summer months, when school is not in session. With close to 50 sites across greater Richmond and the Tri-Cities where kids and teens 18 years and younger can receive a healthy meal, Feed More is committed to providing children with the nutritional building blocks they need to learn and grow all year long. In order to be a Feed More Summer Food Service Program site, organizations must be a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization and located in the area of a public school (elementary, middle or high school) where at least 50 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced price meals.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) supports the nutritional needs of low-income individuals by providing wholesome food to supplement their diet, while helping to stretch their food dollars. With food made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), food is distributed to agencies, usually food banks like Feed More, who in turn distribute the food to selected local agencies that directly serve the public. Intended to serve low-income individuals and families who are facing an emergency food shortage, eligibility for TEFAP is based on income and not every member of the Feed More Agency Network is set up to receive USDA food. TEFAP products are distributed through our Agency Network monthly. Typical items include nutrient-rich food and a variety of canned items (e.g., fruit, vegetables, meat or fish), bottled juice, shelf-stable and instant dry milk, cheese, pasta or rice, dry beans or peanut butter and cereal.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) supports the nutritional needs of low-income individuals by providing wholesome food to supplement their diet, while helping stretch their food dollars. The population served by CSFP is low-income seniors at least 60 years of age who are at risk of and vulnerable to malnutrition. Feed More’s CSFP support staff and volunteers distribute the nutritious, pre-packaged, shelf-stable boxes monthly. Each contains nutrient-rich food that helps improve the overall health status of these individuals. Boxes include a variety of canned items (e.g., fruit, vegetables, meat or fish), bottled juice, shelf-stable and instant dry milk, cheese, pasta or rice, dry beans or peanut butter and cereal.
Feed More’s BackPack program provides children who don’t have enough to eat with nutritious, easy-to-prepare food at times when other resources are not available. The concept is simple: children at risk of weekend hunger receive a bag of food that is child-friendly, nutritious, nonperishable and easy to eat. Partnering with local schools, BackPacks are distributed every Friday so that children have meals for the weekend. Each BackPack provides enough food that a child can easily assemble into six healthy meals. This helps ensure that children will have food over the weekend and return to school on Monday ready to learn.
Food Bank Distribution Center
At more than 36,000-square feet, Feed More's Food Bank Distribution Center serves as the collection point where we safely store and distribute a wide variety of foods. From canned and packaged foods to perishable grocery items like fresh produce, refrigerated products and frozen foods, millions of pounds of grocery product moves through our Distribution Center and goes out to our neighbors who struggle with hunger. Our service area covers the cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond and the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Charles City, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Essex, Goochland, Greesville, Halifax, Hanover, Henrico, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Louisa, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, MIddlesex, New Kent, Nothumberland, Nottoway, Powahatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, Richmond, Sussex and Westmoreland.
Meals on Wheels
Focused on individuals who have no reliable means for maintaining a healthy diet, Feed More’s Meals on Wheels program helps keep homebound seniors and disabled neighbors independent and in their own homes for as long as possible. Our Meals on Wheels volunteers provide recipients with a friendly smile and that important safety check, making the program extend far beyond the meal. A member of Meals on Wheels America, Feed More’s Meals on Wheels program serves more than 900 individuals throughout 14 cities and counties in the greater Richmond area. Catering to a range of dietary needs, meals are prepared fresh, and from scratch, in our state-of-the-art Community Kitchen. Caring volunteers pack the nutritious, diet-specific meals and deliver them to the recipient’s door. Meals are delivered between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), with weekend meals delivered on Friday, with an option for flexible delivery schedules. Currently, Feed More's Meals on Wheels program serves seniors and homebound neighbors in the cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell, and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, New Kent, Powhatan and Prince George.
Feed More’s Mobile Pantry, powered by Kroger, distributes thousands of pounds of food each month to people where they live, improving their access to healthy, nutritious food. Our Mobile Pantry travels to underserved communities across our service area where our neighbors have limited access to grocery stores and healthy food options. From urban neighborhoods to rural communities, Feed More’s Mobile Pantry provides each household with perishable and nonperishable food items, including a lean protein, fresh produce, bakery items and other shelf-stable items. Working closely with our local partners to distribute the food each month, our Mobile Pantry provides families across Central Virginia who live in food deserts with healthy food for wholesome meals.
With 1 in 6 kids in Central Virginia not receiving the necessary nutrition, Feed More's Kids Cafe is dedicated to providing kids who don’t have enough to eat with healthy meals and snacks at after-school programs across our region. By partnering with local schools and community organizations across greater Richmond and the Tri-Cities, we’re able to help ensure students have the nourishment they need to learn, grow and most importantly, thrive. All of our Kids Cafe meals are made-from-scratch in our Community Kitchen and served family style at after-school programs. With the opportunity for students to receive mentoring and tutoring, and participate in cultural enrichment and social activities, our Kids Cafe provides the nutritional component to these programs. Feed More's Kids Cafe meals and snacks are well-balanced and focused on nutrition, with options that kids enjoy and have grown to love.