About Us

Mission

  • Provide a free noon day meal in a dining room and to homebound individuals through Meals on Wheels.
  • Seek volunteers to operate and maintain the program.
  • Encourage donations of food, facilities, supplies, and money.
  • Provide a respectful, caring and wholesome atmosphere among recipients and volunteers.


History 
 1 in 5 (19.6%) of our Radford-Fairlawn neighbors face food insecurity

(Feeding America Map the Meal Gap)

 

Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread administers two free meal programs serving the City of Radford and the Fairlawn community of Pulaski, County. We have been serving meals since1992 to guests through our Dining Room services.  Our Dining Room in the Lower Level of  501 Second  Street in Radford opens its doors at 11:00 am each weekday and ANYONE can come in and be our guest for lunch, no questions asked. We try to maintain a friendly and respectful atmosphere among our guests and volunteers. Diners are seated at a table and we bring their meal and drink to them as if they were guests in our own homes or patrons eating at a restaurant. We committed to the Meals on Wheels program in 2006 when it was at risk of closer and continue to deliver meals each weekday to homebound individuals in Radford and Fairlawn. Supplemental and Emergency Shelf Meals are also provided to Meals on Wheels recipients for use on week-ends or when we are forced to close the Dining Room due to hazardous weather conditions.

Each year we serve between 250 and 300 different individuals in the Radford and Fairlawn Communities. In 2019 we served a total of 22,714 meals; far-exceeding our annual average of 20,000 meals served. We make a significant impact in the lives of disadvantaged individuals by alleviating food insecurity while also providing a sense of social support.  Many of our Dining Room service guests do not have the resources, facilities, or ability to prepare a similar home-style meal.  Our Meals on Wheels recipients report that the delivered meals enable them to stay in their own homes longer.

All of this is made possible thanks to a great team of volunteers. We have more one hundred regular volunteers who help keep the programs running.    As part of our Meals on Wheels program, volunteer drivers deliver meals to our homebound neighbors each weekday. We also have volunteers who pick up food at our local food donation sites. Volunteer students from Virginia Tech and Radford University deliver diverted food from dining services to our kitchen five days per week.  A crew of community volunteers show up daily to help cooks prepare and serve meals to our walk-in guests.

Donations of food reduce the cost of meals and allow us to maintain a frugal budget.  We are partners with Feeding America Southwest Virginia and as such are trained in the safe transport and storage of donated/diverted food.  Local institutions and grocery stores provide a weekly supply of diverted food that may otherwise end up as waste.  Many groups also donate non-perishable items which we use to prepare our meals. Excess groceries are offered to our Dining Room guests or used to provide Emergency Shelf Meals to our Meals on Wheels recipients.    

Our cooks take a Food Service Safety course and are certified.  A crew of volunteers comes to the kitchen each weekday to help prepare, serve, and clean up after meals. The organization is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors. Funds are typically not spent on fundraising or administration.  Two cooks, the Meals on Wheels Coordinator and Program Manager each receive a modest monthly stipend for their regular work hours and contribute many additional hours in voluntary service.

We survive on donated funds. The source and amount of these donations varies greatly from year to year. We are partners with United Way and their support accounts for about one fifth of our yearly revenue. The remainder of our revenue comes from local foundations and trusts, businesses, community groups, churches, and generous individuals. Several grants are also applied for each year.  

Our annual operating expenses remained less than $55,000 for many years.  The budget increased to $64,000 in 2019 with a necessary move to a new rented location and the addition of our first part-time Program Manager.  The new facility is more accessible to the people we serve and includes a spacious commercial kitchen.  The Program Manager receives a small monthly stipend and volunteers additional hours to support staff, nurture community partnerships, manage grants and the day to day operations of our programs.

Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread is an excellent example of a community taking care of its own neighbors in need. We have been serving meals and providing a comforting social exchange to anyone in need of nourishment for twenty-seven years. So many groups give generously to help us continue our mission of reducing the impact of food insecurity in Radford and Fairlawn. We collaborate with student groups at both Radford University and Virginia Tech on special projects and volunteer opportunities.  Individuals are referred to our programs through churches, neighbors and Radford Department of Social Services.  We’ve come to believe that abundance exists when those who have enough give generously to those who have less.    


Organization
  • According to its By-Laws, it is managed by a Board of Directors  
  • Officers are Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.  
  • Standing committees find food sources, maintain the facility, find and organize volunteers, create publicity, oversee finances, among other aspects of maintaining the organization. 
  • A part time employee manages the daily operations of our programs.

Current Officers:

Co-Chairs: Rev. Wendy Wilson and Elizabeth Cassell
Secretary: Bob MacLeod
Treasurer: William Fry
Current Board of Directors:
Stephen Ames
Tommy Fisher
Ramona Fleisher
Frank Herzog
Bob Lockwood
Peggy Taylor
Bob Thomas

Sources of Support:
  • Individuals, businesses, and groups who donate food and money.
  • Volunteers who donate their time in the kitchen and dining room,delivering Meals on Wheels, or picking up food at donation sites.
  • Volunteers who donate their time to maintain RFDB by serving on the Board and committees to maintain the organization and the facilities.
  • Walmart, Fairlawn provides food donations two days per week.
  • Virginia Tech Dining Services provide food donations four days per week.
  • Dining Services of Radford University provides donations of prepared food.
  • Kroger, Radford provides food donations.
  • Food Lion stores of Blacksburg and Radford deliver a variety of food occasionally.
  • United Way has provided major funding since 1992.
  • Trolinger Trust and Craigie Foundation provide grant funding.
  • Feeding America provides food donation and preservation support.
  • National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) provides donated food from their annual food collection drive.
  • Local churches help identify people in need and provide supplies and financial aid.
  • FEMA provides grant funding through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.
  • City of Radford Department of Social Services pays for some individuals receiving Meals on Wheels.
  • Grants have been received from the Community Foundation of the NRV, Wells Fargo, Walmart, Kroger, Allstate, Truliant Federal Credit Union, Moog Aspen and Food Lion.

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