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      

After becoming aware of hungry people in Radford, a group of citizens and the Radford Ministerial Association began RFDB in 1992. For years we served daily meals in the Radford Church of God in Christ and paid for a bus to transport people to and from the facility.  In its first year, 6,350 meals were served and the demand tripled by 1995.

 

In 1997 RFDB contracted with the Lions Club to rent the kitchen facilities in the Lions Club building at 501 East Main Street, Radford.  The charges for the van became too expensive.  The less central location and the lack of transportation resulted in a decline in number of guests served.  Still, 12,769 meals were served in 2006.


In 2006 the Carilion New River Valley Medical Center stopped providing Meals on Wheels to Radford when their food production moved to Roanoke.  The RFDB Board decided to absorb the Meals on Wheels program and provide food out of the kitchen on East Main.  It has since added routes to provide food to the home-bound in Fairlawn.  Currently, RFDB is providing 40 to 50 meals daily to home-bound neighbors.

Over the past few years, Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread has worked as a partner agency with Feeding America Southwest Virginia. Through this relationship, we have access to donated food from Walmart and from dining services at Virginia Tech. Pick up and storage of donated food is regulated by Feeding America to maintain quality. Our food service has grown to over 20,000  meals annually.

Some volunteers who started the organization are still with us today, having faithfully served their community for over 20 years.

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 kitchen operations.

Current Officers:

Chair:  Donna Fern
Secretary: Bob MacLeod
Treasurer: Stephen Ames

Current Board of Directors:
Stephen Ames
Carmelita Bishop
Donna Fern
Ramona Fleisher
Frank Herzog
Gale Janofski, Reverend
Myrl Jones
Bob Lockwood
Bob MacLeod
Pat Owens
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, GAP Foundation and Food Lion.

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