Remember your local food bank this holiday season!

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Giving to your local food bank is an efficient and effective way to impact your community this holiday season. With all the food drives and toy drives that take place this time of year, it may be easy to forget that food banks benefit tremendously from cash donations. You see, when we go into the grocery store, our dollar goes only so far. When the food banks purchase food, in bulk and from discounted sources, they are able to make that dollar go so much further. In fact, food banks can purchase three to four times as much food with the same funds. Find your local food bank here, and find out how you can make a difference!

Federation Board of Directors Chair, Pamela Irvine, Awarded 2014 Dick Goebel Public Service Award

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Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, awarded Pamela Irvine, President and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia, with the 2014 Dick Goebel Public Service Award for outstanding commitment to ending hunger in her community and across the country.The award was announced on Monday, March 3rd at the 2014 National Anti-Hunger Policy conference, a gathering in Washington, D.C. of anti-hunger advocates, sponsored by Feeding America and the Food Research Action Center (FRAC).

Bob Aiken, President and Chief Executive Officer of Feeding America remarked during the presentation, “Despite limited resources and no full time staff for policy work, Pam has made an abiding commitment to advocacy. If you ask her, Pam will tell you that advocacy is ultimately about raising food and funds, and has urged her colleagues to treat their members of Congress like they would treat major supporters. Her strategy works. She has spent years cultivating strong relationships with elected officials on both sides of the aisle and at all levels of government. And they’ve paid off.”

“Pam embodies the same passion and spirit that made Dick Goebel so remarkable. She is proof that a simple combination of commitment, tenacity and savvy is far more important than the size of your budget when it comes to effective advocacy. It is my great pleasure to honor Pamela Irvine with the 2014 Dick Goebel Public Service Award.”

Irvine has served as President and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia since 1981. In this capacity she oversees the distribution of more than 20 million pounds food each year through a network of 398 food pantries, meal sites, and after-school programs throughout the 26 county service area.

Irvine currently chairs the Federation of Virginia Food Banks composed of seven Virginia and Washington D.C. food banks located in 10 strategic locations. Irvine also participates as a member of several important Feeding America committees including the Business Solutions Council, the Contract Task Force and is an elected member of the National Advisory Council.

The Dick Goebel Public Service Award was created in 2001 in honor of the Reverend Richard (Dick) Goebel for his many years of public service on behalf of hungry Americans. As founder and executive director of the Second Harvest St. Paul Food Bank in St. Paul, Minn. (now Second Harvest Heartland), Dick’s dedicated service left a lasting legacy. Recipients of the Dick Goebel Public Service Award exemplify service to their communities, extensive public policy advocacy, and tireless enthusiasm and creativity in developing solutions to ending hunger both locally and nationally.

We join Feeding America, Inc. and Feeding America of Southwest Virginia in congratulating Pam Irvine for this well-deserved award.


Epic Basketball Games Raise Funds for Virginia’s Food Banks

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The Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic 2013 brings together Virginia  basketball teams to show off the Commonwealth’s athletic skills as well as raise funds for the members of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. This year’s event takes place on December 21, 2013 at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, VA. Tickets can now be purchased through the competing teams’ ticket offices. Those teams are:

Hampton v. JMU at 3 pm

Virginia Tech vs. VCU at 5 pm

Last year, this event raised almost $50,000 for Federation food banks. These food banks together serve over 1 million individuals per year and distributed over 122 million pounds of food and grocery product last year alone.


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Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic Benefits Virginia Food Banks and Will Be Broadcast Nationally

RICHMOND – Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that college basketball fans nationwide will be able to watch the 2012 and 2013 “Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic.” NBC Sports Network will telecast the 2012 and 2013 doubleheader basketball games live from the Richmond Coliseum.  The “Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic” will benefit Virginia’s Food Banks and will take place in December 2012 and 2013 and feature in-state teams representing the ACC, CAA, MEAC and Atlantic 10. The inaugural Classic tips-off on December 22nd.

Governor McDonnell said, “I am thrilled to announce this partnership between NBC Sports Network and the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic. NBC Sports Network has a record of covering some of the most exciting events in the world, from the London Olympics to college football, and we look forward to their broadcasting the ‘Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic.’” Governor McDonnell continued, “The inaugural Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic will feature an exciting 3:00pm matchup between the University of Richmond and George Mason University and immediately following, Old Dominion University versus the University of Virginia. This doubleheader will feature some of the best teams in the Commonwealth bringing their rivalries to the hardwood, while raising food and funds for our incredible Food Banks at the same time. And now, through this partnership with NBC Sports, this great event will be available to audiences all across the country. I thank NBC Sports for joining with us to bring these games to a nationwide audience, and I look forward to a great day on December 22nd.”

“We’re excited to add the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic to our college basketball schedule, which is the most robust ever for the NBC Sports Network,” said Jon Miller, President Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “The exciting matchups in the Classic are consistent with the high level of college basketball programming our viewers will see all season long on the NBC Sports Network.”

NBC Sports Network, part of the NBC Sports Group, is dedicated to serving passionate sports fans. Now in nearly 80 million homes, the network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France and the 34th America’s Cup, and beginning in 2013, the Premier League and Formula One. In addition, NBC Sports Network features college football, college basketball, college hockey, outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown  and Breeders’ Cup, Fight Night boxing, Ironman, the Dew Action Sports Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as Costas Tonight, NFL Turning Point, Caught Looking, NBC Sports Talk, Pro Football Talk and The Dan Patrick Show. NBC Sports Network is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

Governor’s Bowl Awards: Handcrafted in Virginia


Each winner of the 2012 Governor’s Bowl Chamber of Commerce Challenge will receive a hand-made ceramic bowl made by a team of potters from Green Bay, Virginia. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the artists behind the bowls.

Richard (Rick) Erickson of Green Bay, VA, is a retired marine engineer. When he built a state-of-the-art ceramic studio in his basement for his wife, he had no idea that he would be the one throwing pots day in and day out. But as it  happened, he was drawn in by the clay, potter’s wheel, and the potential for artistic expression. Before long, he had turned his natural ability into a new career, this time as a professional potter, clay artist, and instructor at his own shop, Mainly Clay Studio, Clay Instruction and Art Supply Store in Farmville, VA.

His colleague is Kendra Spicer of Farmville, who also found pottery as a second career. Kendra is an accomplished concert cellist, illustrator, and art student who has found great success in both her artistic fields. She is responsible for the intricate flower carvings on the award bowls.

The Federation of Virginia Food Banks is delighted to have Rick and Kendra be the first Virginia artists involved in the Governor’s Bowl. Each year, a different handmade bowl will be created, ensuring the winners a one-of-a-kind piece of Virginia artwork.