MISTY MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL: Sept. 26 to Sept. 28
The 4th Annual Misty Mountain Music Festival showcases original bands alongside local businesses and artisans. This family-friendly camping event offers something for all ages as you sit back and relax to the best folk, bluegrass, country and americana music! This year, the Festival will not require ticket purchases. Instead they have partnered with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, so admission to the event will be a personal monetary donation at the gates. Click here for more information.
WHOLE FOODS' NICKELS FOR NONPROFITS: Now through Jan. 18
Help feed neighbors in need this holiday season while shopping at Whole Foods in Charlottesville. Customers will receive five cents for each reusable grocery bag they use, which they can either keep or donate to the Nickels for Nonprofits program, which benefits the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank through Jan. 18.
8TH ANNUAL VA HUNGER SYMPOSIUM: Oct. 21 to Oct. 26
Blue Ridge Community College will host events and activities that educate and promote awareness of food insecurity. This year’s eighth symposium will feature six days of education and engagement surrounding the issue of hunger. Some flagship events of the week include an Empty Bowl Dinner to raise money for the Food Bank, a screening of the new documentary “Hunger in America” and the play “The Last Five Years.” Get the full schedule here.
SCOUTING FOR FOOD: Oct. 25, Shenandoah Valley & Charlottesville; Nov. 8 - Winchester
Area Boy Scouts will be scavenging neighborhoods for food donations during our largest annual fall food drive. The food provided through this collection gives us a much-needed boost as we head into the busy winter months. Leave a bag of food at your doorstep and your local Scouts will do the rest!
HOMEBREW FOR HUNGER: 1-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26
Come and sample a variety of local beers and learn about the art of beer brewing at the second Charlottesville Homebrew for Hunger at Fifth Season Gardening. Homebrew for Hunger is the premiere festival to showcase local beer made by homebrewers and craft breweries, bringing professional and novice brewers together under one roof. Look for bigger and better things this year; more homebrewers and more money raised to fight hunger. Sponsors for the event include: Three Notch’d Brewing Company, Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, Timberwood Grill and Beer Run. Get tickets at www.homebrewforhunger.com.
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER
HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE: Nov. 20 – Dec. 18
NBC29, Z95.1 and The Daily Progress are asking you to join them in nourishing hungry neighbors for the winter holidays. Just drop nonperishable food donations in marked Food Bank barrels at Kroger stores in Staunton, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg and Charlottesville.
VALLEY BUSINESSES GIVE BACK: Nov. 17 to Dec. 31
Calling all businesses and organizations in the Shenandoah Valley! The Hershey Company and the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce challenge you to join them in the 2014 Valley Businesses Give Back. This is a community-wide food and fund drive that provides the opportunity for your business or organization to Give Back to our hungry Valley neighbors.
• Food Drive: November 17-December 5,
• Fund Drive: November 17 – December 31
Click here for more information. Register by mail. The deadline for registration is October 31, 2014.
CHRISTMAS AT AUGUSTA STONE: 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8
Join us for the 18th annual benefit Christmas concert at Augusta Stone Church in Fort Defiance. Enjoy acoustic and folk holiday tunes from Rhythm Road, as well as other talented performers. Freewill offering.
TWELFTH NIGHT CONCERT: Sunday, Jan. 4
It’s your last chance to savor the sounds of the holiday season. Choirs from the Staunton Church of the Brethren Choir and the Olivet Presbyterian Church will combine to perform in their 14th annual post-holiday concert. Freewill offering.
FEEDING VIRGINIA: Through June 2015
Media Members of the Virginia Association of Broadcasters (VAB) will support their local food banks through PSAs, spreading the word about hunger in their communities, as well as providing easy ways for their audience members to donate directly to the food bank serving their area. In addition, the VAB will be seeking corporate partners to join in the fight against hunger. This campaign will run through summer 2015.
AUGUSTA EXPO MONTHLY MARKET AND YARD SALE
While hosting this monthly event, Augusta Expo is helping the hungry, too. The event occurs on the first Saturday of each month. Admission is $1 or non-perishable food donations for the Food Bank. For every dollar you give, you will provide four meals to neighbors in need. For more info, visit www.augustaexpo.com