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FeedMore and RRHA team up for turkey distribution

11/27/2013, 10:01 a.m.
FeedMore’s programs include the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and the Community Kitchen – provide hunger-relief solutions for ...
FeedMore in Whitcomb Court

By Sylvina Poole

Feedmore’s Central Virginia Bank recently distributed 1,000 turkeys in the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (RRHA) Fairfield and Whitcomb Court neighborhoods.

Meals were handed out to almost 900 families for Thanksgiving. Residents volunteered to help coordinate the effort. Feedmore is a hunger-relief organization in Central Virginia and operates the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and the Community Kitchen.

The FeedMore truck delivered one turkey, bread and other produce to families who attended the event. Martin’s Food Market donated the turkeys.

Fairfield and Whitcomb Court residents along with RRHA Resident Services Department assisted with handing out the turkey dinners. These volunteers served as baggers and line monitors. RRHA senior communities , Fulton, Decatur and Old Brook Circle also received turkeys.

RRHA’s Chief Executive Officer Adrienne Goolsby stated,

“We are grateful for FeedMore’s continuous partnership and willingness to fill a need for many of our families this holiday season. This event brings cheer to the community and bright smiles to the faces of our residents who will also be giving back by volunteering and assisting in this great effort.”

Goolsby said also that, “The turkey distribution in RRHA communities was a great success. Several RRHA residents even lent a helping hand by assisting their neighbors throughout the event. RRHA and our residents are extremely grateful for FeedMore’s support of our communities. We look forward to a continuous partnership with this great organization.”

Norm Gold, chief operations officer at FeedMore had this to say about the partnership with RRHA:

“This Thanksgiving turkey distribution is wonderful way for FeedMore to ensure these families have a turkey for their Thanksgiving meal. It is always heartwarming to see their appreciation and excitement and we are thankful to our friends at MARTIN’S and RRHA for making this event possible.”

FeedMore’s programs include the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and the Community Kitchen – provide hunger-relief solutions for our region’s most vulnerable populations – food-insecure children, struggling families, the disabled and homebound seniors. FeedMore serves neighbors in need across Central Virginia’s 31 counties and five cities, ranging from rural and suburban to urban localities.

RRHA is the largest housing authority in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Authority serves nearly 20,000 community members through its Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) programs. RRHA also manages neighborhood redevelopment and conservation programs throughout the City of Richmond.

Additionally, RRHA operates 11 family public housing developments and eight elderly housing buildings throughout the city.

RRHA communities offer property management, maintenance and various programs and services for residents.

In other matters, RRHA officials recently announced the appointment of Captain Paul S. Kiniry of the Richmond Police Department as acting police chief of the city’s housing authority.

Captain Kiniry’s duties will begin immediately, stated a spokesperson for RRHA.

“We are pleased that Captain Kiniry has accepted this new assignment,” said Goolsby.

“We also appreciate the willingness of Richmond Police Chief Ray Tarasovic to ask one of his senior officers to assist us.”