HAYMARKET, Va. (October 9, 2014) – Fauquier FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) has received $4,300 from the members of 100 Women Who Care Northern Virginia to help meet the nutritional needs of Fauquier County children who have been identified as being at risk of hunger during the weekends. The nonprofit’s Food4kids Weekend Power Pack Program was selected by the members of 100 Women Who Care during the August 7 meeting and received the contribution today during a check presentation ceremony.
“We are honored to be selected to receive this generous donation,” exclaimed Elaine Harris, Treasurer of Fauquier FISH. “Weekend Power Packs provide food to children who qualify for free breakfast and lunch at school and who might not have enough to eat at home over the weekend. This donation will fill 650 backpacks and help to expand and open up our program to serve more kids and more Fauquier schools.”
Fauquier FISH is part of the FISH movement that began in 1961 and has since spread throughout the world. Locally, Fauquier FISH was founded in 1983 and provides help to those with urgent and unexpected needs or those who live with economic hardships. Fauquier FISH is primarily a food bank, and in addition to the Food4kids program, they also provide holiday food, utility assistance and collect and give school supplies to children in need.
“Being able to give to such a wonderful program and community based organization is such a heart warming feeling that each of us receive at 100 Women Who Care,” stated Traci Richards, founder of the local giving circle chapter. “Each quarter we come together and collectively pool our money in order to make one large donation that impacts a group doing good in our community. To know that 100+ kids and their families are affected by our group’s generosity is truly humbling.”
All Northern Virginia women are invited to join 100 Women Who Care Northern Virginia to help make a larger impact with charitable donations to local non-profits. Its two-year anniversary is being celebrated at a special meeting, hosted in the home of 1 of the 100, a longtime Springfield resident and community volunteer, Linda Ethington. The meeting will be held from 7:30-8:30 at 7509 Maritime Lane in Springfield and will include beverages and light snacks.