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Feed More raises over $100,000 through donation matching campaign from Kroger, Heinz

The funds raised will provide more than 400,000 meals to those fighting hunger, officials say.

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This week, Feed More announced the results of a holiday matching campaign that ran from October 22 to November 22. Kroger Mid-Atlantic and Kraft Heinz each donated $25,000 towards the campaign, allowing Feed More to match gifts up to $50,000 dollar for dollar during the campaign timeframe.

In total, with the support of the community and Kroger and Kraft Heinz, Feed More raised $106,168. These funds will provide more than 400,000 meals to families in Central Virginia struggling with hunger, as every dollar donated to Feed More can produce four meals for those in need.

“It’s always great to see our corporate partners and the community come together in the name of helping their neighbors in need. This particular matching campaign could not have come at a better time as we continue to meet needs today and plan for what’s ahead,” remarked Doug Pick, President & CEO of Feed More.

To celebrate the successful campaign and thank the Feed More team for serving the community in a year where there has been a significant increased demand on the food bank due to COVID-19, Kroger treated Feed More’s main office staff to lunch on Thursday, Dec. 3 from a local restaurant, Boulevard Burger and Brew.

“We were so excited to partner with Kraft Heinz to give back to Feed More in this way. We know many people are making charitable contributions during the holiday season, and matching campaigns like this help those dollars stretch significantly further,” said Allison McGee, corporate affairs manager for Kroger Mid-Atlantic. “Being able to treat the Feed More team to lunch was a bonus. Feed More staff has worked tremendously hard this year to serve the community and we’re glad we had a chance to say, ‘thank you’ to them.”

So far this year, Kroger has donated $167,500 to Feed More. This financial support is in addition to food that is donated through Kroger’s food rescue program on an ongoing basis from local stores. Kroger also donated 4,000 plastic bags to Feed More earlier this year to support COVID-19 food distribution efforts.

“Kraft Heinz is honored to be partnering with Kroger and Feed More to help support such a great cause. Helping communities to provide meals to people in need is a core company value,” said Steven Froemming, customer retail manager with Kraft Heinz.

To give to Feed More, visit https://feedmore.org/give/.

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The 19th Annual Dog Jog and 5K Run set for March 19-21 with remote and in-person options

Participants can opt to run, walk or jog with their dogs on the official Dog Jog and 5K Run courses at Deep Run Park or to use their own courses in the RaceJoy app and take part from anywhere.

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The Richmond SPCA is remaking the Dog Jog and 5K Run for 2021. The local nonprofit’s signature Spring fundraiser will be presented by Holiday Barn Pet Resorts and take place over three days, March 19 through 21.

Participants can opt to run, walk or jog with their dogs on the official Dog Jog and 5K Run courses at Deep Run Park or to use their own courses in the RaceJoy app and take part from anywhere.

“The way the community comes together in support of homeless animals each year at our Dog Jog and 5K Run demonstrates the compassion and love RVA has for dogs and cats in need,” said Richmond SPCA Chief Executive Officer Tamsen Kingry. “Although the ongoing public health crisis required changes to how it will be held, we wanted to give fans of this event options to participate safely while furthering the lifesaving work they value so much.”

Funds raised by Dog Jog and 5K Run participants will benefit approximately 4,000 homeless animals who will be sheltered at the Richmond SPCA this year as well as the lifesaving programs and services the nonprofit provides for pets and people, including low-cost veterinary care at the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital. The fundraising goal for 2021 is $50,000.

Registration fees for the 19th Annual Dog Jog and 5K Run will include several new and exclusive items to create a fun and interactive self-guided experience for participants and their pets. The first 500 registered participants will receive:

  • A limited-edition Dog Jog and 5K Run cotton short-sleeved T-shirt 
  • A Dog Jog and 5K Run medal and pet tag 
  • A goodie bag filled with gifts from the event’s sponsors 
  • A personal fundraising page to raise donations for pets in need 
  • Free access to the RaceJoy app for race guidance, time tracking, and eligibility for 5K Finisher prizes
  • Through the early-bird registration deadline of February 28, it is $35 to sign up for the one-mile Dog Jog and/or the 5K race, which can be done with or without a dog. Free signup is available for those wishing to fundraise only as “cat nap” participants.  

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Moody MS 8th-grader wins spell-off to capture pandemic edition of HCPS division-wide Spelling Bee

Ananya Nanduru clinched the 2021 title in the second round by correctly spelling “graticule,” the network of latitude and longitude lines on which a map is drawn.

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Ananya Nanduru of George H. Moody Middle School won a spell-off on January 26th to repeat as Henrico County Public Schools’ Division-wide Spelling Bee champion. The eighth-grader bested Hollie Kim, an L. Douglas Wilder Middle School sixth-grader, to win the tiebreaker, held virtually. Nanduru clinched the 2021 title in the second round by correctly spelling “graticule,” the network of latitude and longitude lines on which a map is drawn.

The winner was presented with the HCPS spelling trophy at Moody Middle School Tuesday afternoon by school division representatives, including Marcie Shea, School Board vice-chair and Tuckahoe District representative, and Amy Cashwell, superintendent. Nanduru’s is the third Moody Middle School championship in as many years. That means the trophy, which resides at the winning school, will remain on display at Moody. The award was made possible by a donation from four-time Henrico spelling champion Tejas Muthusamy, a former Moody student now at Maggie Walker Governor’s School. The Henrico Education Foundation had the trophy made.

Ordinarily, spelling champions from HCPS’ 46 elementary schools and 12 middle schools gather onstage at a middle school auditorium to determine the annual champion. Because of the pandemic, this year’s 58 school champions each took an online spelling test provided by Scripps, the media company that coordinates the national bee. Each was required to complete the test within a 15-minute window. When those results were tabulated, Nanduru and Kim had identical scores, and advanced to the virtual video spell-off.

Nanduru moves on to represent Henrico County Public Schools on March 15th in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee, which will also be held virtually. The regional winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is held in late May and televised by ESPN.

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Safe Space Market Popping-Up Friday at the Lakeside Farmer’s Market

You don’t have to wait until Saturday to get some sweet, sweet, Farmer’s Market action.

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The Safe Space Market, a pop-up market that celebrates and supports minority small businesses, will hold its first ever market will be TOMORROW at the Lakeside Farmer’s Market from 5-8pm!

In addition to plenty of awesome locally made items such as candles, scarves, masks, delicious locally made goodies, and flower arrangements the market will hold a Cleaning Supplies Drive for Richmond Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADRVA).

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