Fighting Hunger For Three Decades
The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank began its mission to end hunger in 1982 as the Fredericksburg Area Food Relief Clearinghouse.
Today, the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank provides food and grocery product to more than 17,000 individuals each month through a network of more than 70 partner agencies and program partners.
In 2012, the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank along with Partner Agencies & Program Partners distributed over 3.5 million pounds, helping to provide over 2.8 million meals to those in need within our community, continuing to reach for their vision of a Hunger Free Community.
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 Paige 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.
Following the spirit of change, the Fredericksburg Area Food Relief Clearinghouse changed its name to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank (FAFB) and became affiliated 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.
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 continues growth.
Present: Currently located at 3631 Lee Hill Dr in the Lee Hill Industrial Park, the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank's warehouse contains 30,000 square feet of dry storages space and 8,000 cubic feet of freezer and cooler space. Due to the size of the warehouse and the affiliation with Feeding America the amount and variety of food & other grocery products available at the Food Bank increased tremendously.
- Last year, the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank distributed over 3.5 million pounds of food and grocery product to families and individuals in need in a five-county service area.
- Each month, our partner agencies serve more than 20,000 individuals that are at-risk of hunger.
- Of those 20,000 more than half are children and senior citizens.
- For every $1 donated, the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank is able to distribute 3 meals to those in need.