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Chew On This

Thoughtful reflections on the work to solve hunger in central and western Virginia, and insights into the experiences of our neighbors in need, from Food Bank staff and guest contributors.

Coping with the Unexpected

Until 10 years ago, life was good for Frank. The avid outdoorsman lived with his wife in a house they owned in Albemarle County. A building contractor by trade, Frank enjoyed hunting and fishing with his three beloved flushing dogs that he trained himself. I met Frank recently at the [...]

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Diagnosing Hunger

The problem of hunger isn’t always visible, and it takes a community to identify the need for food assistance and ensure that everyone has enough to eat. When it comes to helping children grow up healthy, pediatricians are vital to determining whether a child is eating enough and have a [...]

By |October 16th, 2018|Categories: Post|Comments Off on Diagnosing Hunger

More Ways to Lend A Hand

Years ago, the Food Bank got on board with the Gus Bus/Reading Road Show to distribute food to children in low-income neighborhoods. Recently, we began trailing the bus in our own van to bring fresh produce to their families. We now serve more than 500 children each month through this Neighborhood [...]

By |October 9th, 2018|Categories: Post|Comments Off on More Ways to Lend A Hand

Will Congress Take Food Away from Hungry Kids?

In early summer, each chamber of Congress passed its own version of the Farm Bill, which funds critically important food assistance programs for food banks as well as for SNAP – the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps. The Senate passed a bi-partisan bill – 86 voting yes, [...]

By |July 27th, 2018|Categories: Post|Comments Off on Will Congress Take Food Away from Hungry Kids?

Helping Valley Neighbors In Ways You Never Knew

If you’re like me and grew up in the Valley or have lived here for a while, it may be hard to fathom the fact that more then 31,000 of our Valley neighbors struggle with food insecurity. Maybe it’s because the majority of us convey the middle class persona -  [...]

By |June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Post|Comments Off on Helping Valley Neighbors In Ways You Never Knew

Linking Town & Gown

By Victoria Sia, University of Virginia student and Madison House volunteer As 2:30 pm drew near on a Wednesday afternoon, I was nervous yet excited for my first volunteer at Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. I had never actually volunteered at a food bank before, but my summer swim team [...]

By |March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Post|Comments Off on Linking Town & Gown